We are working to develop more detailed content about mesothelioma.

In the meantime, you can use the links on this page and the rest of the information on the site to find information and support.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer (less than 1% of all cancers) which affects more men than women. It is more common in people over the age of 65.

There are 2 main types of mesothelioma:

  • pleural mesothelioma that occurs in the chest
  • peritoneal mesothelioma that occurs in the abdomen.
People with mesothelioma should have their care overseen by a multidisciplinary team (MDT). See our Canrefer website or a list of lung or thoracic MDTs in NSW. 

Support when you have mesothelioma

One of the main organisations that provides information and support for people with cancer is the Cancer Council. Their services include:

  • an Information and Support line, 13 11 20, which has specially trained staff available to offer support
  • a range of face-to-face, online and telephone support groups
  • a program called Cancer Connect where you can talk to someone who has experienced cancer
  • an online community for people with cancer and their families and friends.

The Lung Foundation also has resources to help you understand mesothelioma. This is available online, or you can call 1800 654 301. Also the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia have information and support. You can contact them on 1800 646 690.

You can also talk to the cancer care coordinator or social worker where you are being seen. They can tell you what services and support groups are available locally. Your GP may also be able to provide information about this.


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Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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