Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined charity representatives and patients at an event at the House of Commons to find out more about the challenges dealt with by people living with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL).
CLL is the most common type of leukaemia - a cancer of the white blood cells – in adults. Although many people with CLL won’t have symptoms for a long time, when they develop they can include an increased number of infections, increased tiredness and fatigue and bleeding and bruising more easily. It is estimated that around 2,700 - 3,200 people in the UK are diagnosed with CLL each year.
“After speaking to the CLL Support Association (CLLSA) and people with CLL it is clear that there is a need to improve post-diagnosis support to help patients understand the condition and manage their symptoms and treatment options and give better access to new and innovative drugs which are increasingly making a difference to the lives of those with CLL.
“Anyone affected by the condition can receive support from the CLLSA, details can be found at: www.cllsupport.org.uk”