Mesothelioma cancer diagnosis for British doctor living in Oz

Last Updated on 18th September 2019 by

Mum of two claims she may have digested asbestos fibers during childhood

43 year old Kate Richmond, a British woman who now lives in Victoria, Australia, has been given a devastating mesothelioma cancer diagnosis.

The mother of two was diagnosed with the rare cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma.

Kate believes she may have been exposed to asbestos as a child.

Her father worked for a manufacturing company and she would hug him everyday when he returned home from work.

She thinks he must have had asbestos fibers on his clothing which she has ingested.

This is the only explanation she can think of as Doctors have said that her cancer is definitely linked to asbestos fibers.

Kate works as a GP and is originally from the UK.

She was absolutely stunned by her recent mesothelioma cancer diagnosis, and still can’t be 100% sure how she contracted the disease.

Her symptoms began earlier this year when she started with pains in her abdomen and was experiencing shortness of breath.

This led to her having a CT scan where doctors found she had excess fluid in her abdomen.

Mesothelioma cancer diagnosis for British doctor Kate Richmond who now lives in Australia

Doctor given just a couple of years to live

Cancerous tumours were discovered in Kate’s abdomen, meaning she had to have a full hysterectomy to remove them.

Both her and her family were later told that she would only live for abother two to three years.

Kate said, “I cried and said, but I’m only in my 40’s and I have young kids and I need to be around for them.”

“I’m used to being the doctor who sees a scan and plans to work out the best way to give horrible news. Now I am completely on the other end of it.”

In order to raise vital funds for treatment, Kate’s family and friends have set up a GoFundMe page.

Over $64,000 has already been donated to the page.

Emma Johnstone, Kate’s friend, said, “Kate’s pretty darn awesome. She’s a mum to two beautiful children Lauren, aged six and Finn, nine.”

“She’s been a doctor since 2001 in both the UK and in Victoria. Helping and healing people is what drives her. She’s positive, selfless and has a wicked sense of humour loved by both her friends and patients.”

“She wants more than anything to get back to working with and helping patients in her community, watch Lauren and Finn grow into adults and one day retire and travel with her adoring husband Brett.”

“But for now, Kate’s concentrating on the immediate challenge in front of her – healing her body of cancer.”

“We’re asking for any donations to help support Kate’s treatment and in turn lift the financial burden for Kate and her family that unfortunately accompanies a cancer diagnosis.”

Source of article:-

Did you enjoy reading our article on Mesothelioma cancer diagnosis for British doctor living in Oz?  Then check out our latest posts below.Duty holders and employers have a legal responsibility to manage asbestos in their properties, carrying out an asbestos survey in their building so as not to put employees at risk.

So make sure you contact our Armco office to arrange an asbestos survey, before it’s too late! 

Whether you need an asbestos management survey, or a refurbishment/ demolition survey, contact us on 0161 763 3727 or by visiting

Finally, for all your asbestos training needs call 0161 761 4424 or visit book an asbestos awareness training course.

Latest News...
9th April 2024Last Updated on 6th June 2024 by James Jacobs Asbestos, once hailed for its fire resistance and versatility, has left a hazardous legacy in numerous buildings and constructions. Recognising its dangers, particularly the severe health risks it poses, asbestos awareness training has become not just a precaution but a legal necessity. The significance of such […] [...] Read more...
20th February 2024Asbestos, once hailed as a wonder material for its fire-resistant properties, has left a complex legacy across the globe, particularly within the construction industry. Its durability and insulating qualities made it a staple in buildings and homes, yet its hazardous impact on health is undeniable. Inhalation of asbestos fibres can lead to serious diseases, including […] [...] Read more...
30th January 2024Asbestos, once widely used in the UK for its heat-resistant properties, now poses a significant health risk in older buildings. Identifying this material is crucial for ensuring safety, particularly in structures built before the late 20th century. For experts at Armco, specialists in asbestos surveys and removal, the ability to detect asbestos accurately is vital. […] [...] Read more...
26th October 2023Asbestos once hailed for its heat resistance and insulation properties, has been extensively used in a myriad array of industries including construction, automotive and shipbuilding. However, its use has been significantly curtailed due to the serious health risks it poses when its fibres become airborne. The objective of this blog is to shed light on […] [...] Read more...
23rd August 2023Asbestos, once celebrated for its fire-resistant properties and durability, has left an indelible mark on public health and safety due to its carcinogenic nature. While significant strides have been made in asbestos management and regulation, the journey toward effective asbestos handling is far from over. In this article, we explore the exciting innovations and advancements […] [...] Read more...
13th July 2023Last Updated on 26th July 2023 by max2021 If you are concerned there might be asbestos in your home or workplace, one option you have is to test the area and material you suspect contains ACMs – Asbestos Containing Materials. This is not a commonly held skill. So like many people, you may head to […] [...] Read more...

Published Sep 10, 2018

Get in touch
  1. <p> <label> <input type="checkbox" name="mc4wp-subscribe" value="1" /> Subscribe to our newsletter. </label> </p>