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Common symptoms of coronavirus are also symptoms of blood cancer

Dr Alex Langridge (Haematology Registrar in Newcastle upon Tyne) explains the challenges of detecting blood cancer when symptoms are similar to coronavirus, and what we can do about it.

28th May 2020

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People with blood cancer now make up a bigger proportion of coronavirus intensive care patients

Our analysis shows the proportion of people in intensive care because of coronavirus – who also have blood cancer – increased between April and May.

20th May 2020

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Why are people with blood cancer being told to shield for 12 weeks?

While everyone in the UK has felt the impact of the coronavirus over the last few weeks, people with blood cancer have felt it more than most. These 115,000 people have been told not to leave their homes at all for at least 12 weeks, which is called “shielding”.

13th May 2020


Meet Alison, our blood cancer clinical nurse specialist

Meet Alison Paterson, a blood cancer clinical nurse specialist and member of our Nurses Working Group. Find out on what it's like working on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic.

12th May 2020

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Coronavirus mental health crisis for people with blood cancer

Over half of people who are shielding from coronavirus are struggling with their mental health and nearly one in 10 say the impact is severe, our survey of people with blood cancer has found.

7th May 2020


How is the coronarvirus affecting the blood cancer community’s mental health?

In the current climate, it’s inevitable that many people’s mental health will be affected to some extent as we’re cooped up inside and cut off from friends and family. But what impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on people affected by blood cancer specifically?

5th May 2020


From Dine Out to Dine IN – Confessions of a Technophobe

Technophobe Maria Clarke from our Glasgow and District Branch hosts a successful virtual fundraiser.

29th Apr 2020

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Findings from our survey on COVID-19

We surveyed more than 3,000 people affected by blood cancer to find out their concerns about coronavirus. Here's what we found out, and what we're going to do about it.

28th Apr 2020

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Over a third of people with blood cancer “haven’t had shielding letter”

Our survey found that over a third of people with blood cancer who are expecting to get a letter telling them to stay at home and shield because of the coronavirus have not yet received one.

27th Apr 2020


People with undiagnosed blood cancer don't know they're vulnerable to coronavirus

There are over 10,000 people with undiagnosed blood cancer who are extremely vulnerable to the coronavirus, but don't know it.

18th Apr 2020

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Could a blood cancer drug be used to help people with COVID-19?

Calquence is being trialled in patients with COVID-19 who are critically ill, in the hope that it may reduce damage to their lungs.

16th Apr 2020

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Five charities call for supermarkets to sign up to key pledges

We've written to supermarkets with six key pledges, to ensure people with blood cancer and other vulnerable people shielding for 12 weeks can get food deliveries.

9th Apr 2020

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Call for supermarkets to prioritise people with blood cancer for online orders

We've written to the government and six major supermarkets, calling on them to take urgent action to make sure people with blood cancer can get food deliveries.

4th Apr 2020

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It's not a big day today, but it's been a big couple of years

When I joined this organisation, I said we never would change our name, writes our CEO Gemma Peters

31st Mar 2020

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Our new name

As of today, we have changed our name from Bloodwise to Blood Cancer UK.

31st Mar 2020

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Charities keep people well - we need government help too

The coronavirus emergency has increased demand for the third sector, while crushing its ability to raise funds, writes our CEO Gemma Peters.

29th Mar 2020

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Leukaemia protective role of Y chromosome gene discovered

Scientists funded by Bloodwise have discovered the first leukaemia protective gene that is specific to the male-only Y chromosome. Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge found that this Y-chromosome gene protects against the development of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and other cancers.

2nd Feb 2020

What causes leukaemia and how can we use this information to better treat it?

2nd Feb 2020

How does the immune system recognise and destroy Hodgkin lymphoma?

In Hodgkin lymphoma, the cells which are the root cause of the cancer are hidden within a much larger number of white blood cells. These white blood cells are usually very good at killing cancer cells, but may be unable to kill all of the Hodgkin lymphoma cells. Bloodwise Visiting Fellow Dr Zumla Cader has been investigating why...

2nd Feb 2020

Beating blood cancer: how decades of research makes us excited about the future

Last week Professor Pamela Kearns, one of the UK’s leading blood cancer researchers, gave a talk at St James’s Palace about the progress we’ve made in blood cancer research, and why we believe blood cancer can be beaten in the next few decades.

2nd Feb 2020