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Friday, 24th October, 2014
To donate and help grant Alex's wish, please click here. In February 2008, at the age of 12, Alex was given the news that he had T-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Although the side effects from the treatment prevented him from returning to his previous hobbies of walking and camping as part of the Scout movement, he was determined to maintain a normal childhood, and quickly developed a love for horse riding and sailing. After three and a half years of chemotherapy, he achieved excellent...
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Friday, 24th October, 2014
MJN
Yesterday was my zero. To be excited and terrified in equal measure is an unusual conflict of emotions but that’s how I felt when a little bag of stem cells was infused into my bloodstream. As a process it’s a huge anti-climax because nothing visible actually happens but it’s the gravity of the moment which makes you stop and think. Over the last few days the medical team have treated me with a combination of chemotherapy, immunosuppressants and radiotherapy to prepare me for the cells. My own...
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Staff post
Friday, 24th October, 2014
The NHS Five Year Forward View plan published this week by NHS England sets out a blueprint for an improved National Health Service that could have a significant impact on blood cancer patients in England. The document addresses many broad issues currently facing the NHS, including disease prevention, public health, rising demand and funding constraints. The report also focuses on cancer care, calling for improvements in “faster diagnosis and more uniform treatment for cancer” over the next...
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Thursday, 23rd October, 2014
As part of the corporate team at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, Royston and I had the pleasure of attending a lunchtime reception at Rolls-Royce last Friday. We were invited to meet a number of Rolls Royce colleagues who had taken part in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge earlier this year, to fundraise for both ourselves and The Brain Tumour Charity. A team of 55 runners ran the 5.6k course around Battersea Park, raising a brilliant total of £25,000 to be split equally between the two...
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Staff post
Thursday, 23rd October, 2014
The Last Rolos, a team of colleagues from Royal London's Wilmslow offices put themselves through a gruelling challenge at the Born Survivor event in Cheshire this September.  With huge smiles on their faces and positive mental attititudes, they started the day looking like this... In just over 2 hours, they battled through thick mud (The Somme), neck deep muddy water (The Bomb Hole), the mincer and finally the blitz (a huge wet muddy wall!). The team said, "Everyone performed exceptionally...
Staff post
Thursday, 23rd October, 2014
From genes to disease Professor Tony Green in Cambridge will analyse how the genes of patients with the blood disorder essential thrombocythaemia (ET) affect their disease. Researchers have already identified a number of genetic abnormalities in patients with ET, and some are used to help diagnose this disorder. Tony will study patient samples to see which genetic faults are associated with different disease features at diagnosis, patient response to therapy, and disease progression or clots...
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