Justin has backed calls for Government action on blood cancer after learning that one in three transplant patients die within their a year of their treatment.
Justin is supporting the “Destination: Cure” campaign launched by charity Anthony Nolan, which runs the UK’s stem cell and bone marrow donor register. The charity also revealed that one in eight patients in need of a stem cell or bone marrow transplant do not find a donor.
“The “Destination: Cure” campaign is an important reminder of the difficult challenges faced by blood cancer patients in need of a lifesaving transplant. It’s essential that the Government does all it can to support the recruitment of donors, boost scientific research and provide long-term care for patients in need.
“In the next five years, over 11,000 people with blood cancer or a blood disorder will depend upon a stem cell transplant from a stranger. Anthony Nolan’s “Destination Cure” campaign aims to save the lives of each of these people, by calling for more investment into the donor register, more pioneering research, and better post-transplant care.
“We need the government to act now to accelerate research into why some patients survive and others do not, so that the precious chance of life provided by the donor is not wasted. The odds are not good enough and we must not stop fighting until there is a cure for everyone with blood cancer.”