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On the toughest days of my treatment, I held on to hope. Because I believe the next big breakthrough is within our reach.

Rebecca sits in her kitchen at home

“I never thought it would happen to me. It started with little things, like feeling completely out of breath on a short walk with my husband. You can sense when something’s not right, can’t you? So, I went to the doctors for a check-up. When they told me to go to hospital for a transfusion the very next day, my heart sank. Just like that, a diagnosis of leukaemia changed my life overnight.“
- Rebecca

When Rebecca was first diagnosed with blood cancer, she went through so many emotions, as you might expect. But there’s one thing that kept her going all throughout her treatment and recovery – hope.

Because at Blood Cancer UK, there are hundreds of researchers working hard to give hope to people affected by blood cancer by finding new treatments and cures.

Over the last 20 years, Blood Cancer UK researchers have made some exciting breakthroughs which has meant they been able to find less invasive and more effective treatments, faster. For example, there’s a study being carried out by Professor Alex Tonks that could help find less toxic treatments for people with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).

After Rebecca had gone through genetic testing, it was revealed her best chance of recovery was to undergo a stem cell transplant.

After her treatment Rebecca spent six weeks in hospital recovering from the transplant, fighting infections, sickness and dizziness. But thanks to this treatment, Rebecca made it through, which means she can spend more time with her family, doing the things that she loves.

More people are surviving, we’re getting better at diagnosing blood cancer and people are receiving kinder treatments with fewer side effects - but there’s still more to be done.

Rebecca sits in a cosy chair in her conservatory on a sunny day, smiling and relaxed.

Blood cancer can make us feel powerless. But there is a way we can all help – will you kindly donate today and help fund life-changing research?

Professor Alex Tonks smiles at the camera in his lab

When I look at my team’s research, I don’t just see data – I think of the lives that could be saved.

- Professor Alex Tonks

"This is such an exciting time for blood cancer research. We’re striving forward every day to detect blood cancers earlier, enhance the quality of life for patients and even find new cures. So will you kindly donate today, and help bring about the next big breakthrough?"

Professor Tonks speaks with another researcher in the lab

"Rebecca’s stem cell transfer successfully treated her acute myeloid leukaemia, but it took a toll on her, damaging her heart for the rest of her life. So my team are determined to find kinder, less invasive, treatments for people like Rebecca.

We’ve identified a protein that is changed in people with blood cancer, and we think that blocking this protein might stop the growth of cancer cells. If so, it could be one of our next big focuses in research. By specifically targeting a protein like this, it reduces the chance of side effects, leaving healthy cells unharmed, and sparing people, like Rebecca, from long-term damage.

Our aim is to find more markers like this that are unique to a leukaemia, in order to create more of these targeted treatments in future."

Too many lives are still being devastated by blood cancer. But as long as there’s research, there’s hope.

How your gift can bring hope to people affected by blood cancer

  • £30 could allow researchers to analyse blood cancer cells which will help to create new treatments, improve early diagnosis or even prevent blood cancer from developing in the first place.
  • £50 could help scientists to look at genetic patterns in tumour samples, improve diagnosis and treatments.
  • £150 could fund a research nurse for a day, making sure that blood cancer patients have a hand to hold while they’re testing new treatments.