Toby Perkins Support Charity’s Call for Government Action on Blood Cancer

Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, has backed calls for Government action on blood cancer after a blood cancer charity revealed one in three transplant patients die within their a year of their treatment.

Toby is supporting the Destination: Cure campaign launched by 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, and praised the vital contribution of selfless individuals who donate their stem cells and bone marrow.

Toby said: “The Destination: Cure campaign is an important reminder of the difficult challenges faced by blood cancer patients in need of a lifesaving transplant. Currently, patients are not guaranteed access to the long-term care and support they need after transplant. I am now calling for a national care pathway to be established for patients for at least five years after their transplant.”

Toby Perkins at the Destination: Cure stall at Labour Party Conference – where he was the fastest MP at their ‘Maze Game’ with a time of 8.16 seconds

Toby Perkins at the Destination: Cure stall at Labour Party Conference – where he was the fastest MP at their ‘Maze Game’ with a time of 8.16 seconds

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.

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “For people in need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, finding a matching donor is a potentially lifesaving milestone and usually their only hope of survival.

 

“Every day, selfless individuals give these patients a fighting chance by donating their stem cells. But heartbreakingly, for every two people who are alive a year after their transplant, there is one person who is not.

“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 will not stop fighting until we reach our destination of a cure for everyone with blood cancer.”

To find out more about the Destination: Cure campaign and to express your support, please visit www.anthonynolan.org/destinationcure.

 

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