Leukaemia Care: An introduction

We discover more about the work of Leukaemia Care….

AS WE announced earlier this summer, Harriers are championing the cause of four local charities this season.

The very first of these four is Leukaemia Care, who are set to visit Aggborough in the coming months for collections and events.

Here, we get a profile and an overview of who Leukaemia Care are and what they do – and get an insight from the charity, too.

Leukaemia Care: Who we are and what we do:

Leukaemia Care is a national blood cancer charity, we offer support not only to patients, but also to health professionals working with blood cancer patients and their families.

Leukaemia is a blood cancer
Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer, the fifth most common cancer in the UK.

In the last year, more than 24,000 of our patient information booklets were given to hospitals, patients and families across the UK, giving them vital information about blood cancer.

We are the only leukaemia charity who are working towards providing all our patient information booklets in multiple languages.

Our hospital ward support workers helped 2,128 patients during 2017 and our regional co-ordinators aim to visit every haematology unit in the UK to raise awareness of the services we can offer to their patients.

We have 25 support groups across the UK, where patients and their loved ones can meet others who understand what they’re going through. By 2019 we are aiming to double this amount.

Our nurse training bursaries through the Royal College of Nurses provide funding to assist nurses training to improve their knowledge of blood cancer.

More than 2,000 GPs have signed up to our online training course. These GPs could save a life by spotting the signs and symptoms of blood cancer sooner. We are planning on rolling out face to face training courses to include other health care professionals too.

In 2017 our nurses and patient volunteers took 1,010 calls on our help line and chatted to 140 people on our livechat service on our website, providing practical advice and emotional support.

Why Leukaemia Care is needed:

When Sheila’s daughter Imogin was just three years old, Sheila received the devastating news that her young child had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Her world was turned upside down, but Imogin’s courage kept her going.

In her time of crisis, she was able to pick up the phone to a helpline manned by people who were there to listen and offer expert advice and support.

That helpline was run by Leukaemia Care.

We want to ensure quicker diagnosis, earlier treatment, access to the best available medication. We want people to be able to live better with their blood cancer and we want patients and their families to be supported in every possible way throughout this very difficult period in their lives. Although more people are surviving and living with leukaemia, patients can still face gruelling treatments and long-term effects of the treatment itself as well as secondary cancers.

A blood cancer diagnosis can be an isolating experience. This is why Leukaemia Care is there offering support services including: NHS accredited information, hospital support workers, nurses on our helpline and we can put patients and their families in touch with each other through our buddy service, online and face to face support groups and national patient meet ups.

In Sheila’s lonely hours where her only company was her own thoughts, Leukaemia Care was there.

Imogin died as a result of her leukaemia when she was just seven years old. There isn’t a cure for leukaemia yet. Until there is, Leukaemia Care is there for anybody affected by a blood cancer diagnosis.

Watch: An introduction to Leukaemia Care

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