Blood Cancer Awareness Month 

22/09/2016 00:00 
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month which aims to raise awareness of the improvements being made in treating people with blood cancer.

UCLH will be marking Blood Cancer Awareness Month with a web chat on chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) with consultant haematologist Dr Andres Virchis on 27 September 2016. The conversation will focus on living with CML and managing the condition from diagnosis to treatment. Questions related to all aspects of CML and related conditions are welcome.

UCLH has the largest clinical haematology department in the UK and nine months ago became the designated specialist centre for blood diseases for our local region. This approach means that patients have some of their cancer treatment at their local hospital but may be treated at UCLH for specialist treatment, for example, specialist radiotherapy. The benefits of this are now being realised – you can read more about one patient’s experience in Linda's story here.

There are other significant developments within cancer services at UCLH – last year we were designated a partner in the Cancer Vanguard. Vanguards are part of the New Care Models programme to re-design the NHS. Each vanguard site will take a lead on the development of new care models which will act as the blueprints for the rest of the NHS.

Research is always at the forefront of the work undertaken at UCLH. A new short film focusing on using gene therapy to treat blood cancers was recently launched. Narrated by Professor Kevin Fong, viewers can watch Professor Emma Morris, Professor of Clinical Cell and Gene Therapy, explain the cutting edge research being carried out with funding from the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at UCLH and UCL. You can watch the short film here.

The future is exciting as we look forward to 2019 when our blood disease services will transfer to a brand new facility in central London. The new facility will expand the service to over 80 inpatient haematology beds with a dedicated intensive care unit, putting it amongst the most state of –the-art blood disease treatment facilities of its kind in the world.

We will be joining some of the UK's biggest blood cancer charities this September, including Bloodwise and Anthony Nolan, to raise awareness of how to improve treatments for blood cancer and increase the number of lives saved. There are many opportunities to fund raise or increase awareness using the #BloodCancerAwarenessMonth handle.

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