At Leukaemia UK we work to bring together all the elements you need to help you cope with a blood cancer diagnosis. We understand that effective treatment will be top of your priority list, but there's a lot more that we can help you with.
Learning that you have leukaemia, myeloma, lymphoma or a blood disorder can have an impact on many parts of your life, including your friendships, your job, your finances and your mental health. At Leukaemia UK, your wellbeing comes first. We are passionate about improving your experience of a blood cancer in any way we can.
We believe that to support you fully, we need to promote innovative ways of caring for people with blood cancer as well as investing in research to find kinder and more effective forms of treatment.
Our support includes:
Specialist staff: We have pioneered new posts which have had a major impact on improving the standard of blood cancer care and expertise in hospitals. These roles include:
We are currently piloting the Leukaemia UK Mind and Body Team at King's College Hospital in London which is trialling an innovative new approach to care which integrates emotional wellbeing with clinical treatments.
Care facilities: Hospital facilities for people affected by blood cancers have changed dramatically since Leukaemia UK was formed 40 years ago, partly as a result of our funding and lobbying. We continue to work to ensure that blood cancer wards are able to offer the best treatment, supported by specialist clinicians.
Research: Leukaemia UK has contributed funding to King's Cell Therapy Unit which is currently researching ways of attacking leukaemia cells without harming healthy cells. We also support haematology research being carried out in leading hospitals and universities across the country.
Financial support: We understand the financial impact on families and individuals, and try to alleviate the stress of real hardship by providing one-off grants which can be used flexibly. Find out more about our Helping Hand Fund by clicking on the link below.
Learn about our Helping Hand Fund. Find out how to apply.
Lead Cancer Nurse Gavin Maynard-Wyatt was funded by Leukaemia UK for two years. Read about Gavin's work with teenage and young adults living with blood cancer.
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Clinical psychologist, Dr Clare Jacobson, was funded by Leukaemia UK for two years. Find out why her ground breaking approach to psychology is having a major impact on her blood cancer patients’ wellbeing.
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