Sintons supports monthly group for people affected by asbestos related cancer

A specialist group to support people with asbestos-related cancers is run every month with support from law firm Sintons.

The group has been set up by Fighting All Cancers Together (FACT) and offers friendship, advice and support on a range of issues and concerns experienced by people with such industrial diseases.

The monthly sessions, held at FACT’s headquarters in Swalwell, are sponsored by Newcastle-based Sintons, which is known for its legal expertise in acting for people with asbestos-related cancers, as well as its sensitive and deeply personal client service.

The next session will address breathlessness, which is one of the most difficult symptoms of lung cancer to manage. Support will be on-hand to show patients, as well as their carers and loved ones, a range of non-clinical methods to conserve energy, reduce anxiety and give advice on relaxation techniques.

Sue Easthaugh, a occupational therapist who will attend the session, said: “This will be an interactive session led by patients and carers as breathlessness differs from person to person. It will be non-clinical and emphasise how to manage daily activities while suffering from breathlessness.”

Sintons is a long-standing supporter of FACT and attend FACT groups every month to offer free legal advice on a wide range of matters, from writing Wills to claiming benefits or compensation.

Raelene Lingam, specialist asbestos solicitor at Sintons – the only lawyer in her field to be recommended in the Legal 500 rankings for 2016 – said: “FACT provides vital multi-faceted support to people with cancer and their friends and families, and this new group is another example of them constantly introducing new sessions and initiatives to meet the needs of cancer patients in the region.

“We are very pleased to lend our support to FACT and the launch of their new group. From our own experience of acting for clients with asbestos-related cancers at Sintons, we realise the important role support groups play.”

The breathlessness session will be held on Tuesday, May 16th from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, at FACT’s headquarters on Clasper Way, Swalwell, NE16 3BE. The asbestos-related cancer group is held on the second Tuesday of each month thereafter.

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