18 January 2022
Jim, from Halifax, has been on service with Sciensus for five years, after being referred by a mesothelioma specialist soon after his initial diagnosis.
Jim’s journey with Sciensus started in 2016, when he began receiving two forms of chemotherapy, plus another medication. After surgery he moved on to immunotherapy, which was administered by Sciensus for two years. Whilst receiving treatment for mesothelioma, he was also diagnosed with kidney cancer.
His targeted therapy is delivered monthly, with nurses visiting to check he’s well enough for treatment: “Each month I have my bloods taken, and then I have treatment two days after,” he says. He also has regular blood tests which highlight any issues that need addressing straightaway.
Speaking about the convenience of having treatment at home, Jim points out the positive impact it can have for family members. “It’s not just the patient,” he says. “Your family can get on with their lives as well, as they don’t have to take you to hospital and wait around.
“It’s a dream. It’s a privilege, and not just for me. When you’re poorly and having treatment, you’ve got to rely on family members. It can be half a day, or even a full day out, and if you’re having treatment every week, it really is an inconvenience.
“Also, it’s much more tiring when you’re waiting around and travelling to and from hospitals. When you’re at home having treatment, there’s no waiting, no stress.”
The value of specialist nurses
Jim singles out the nursing care he’s received as one of his biggest positives. “Over five years I’ve had many nurses,” he says, “and they’re always of extremely high quality – professional and compassionate. They have a genuine interest in my wellbeing.
“I’ve always had a specialist nurse that goes between myself and my consultant. That’s a wonderful thing. I can ring them any time, and he or she can pass information on.
“It’s absolutely perfect; the communication is fabulous. I can contact Sciensus any time I need them. There’s always somebody on the other end of the phone.”
He adds: “It’s an absolute privilege to be able to have this service. It makes a gigantic difference to my life. It means I’ve got the strength and the energy to cope with treatment without going through the stress of travelling and waiting in hospital.”