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Latest Updates from the Vaccine Research Collaborative

Welcome to our live blog all about research looking at the effectiveness of the covid vaccines in people with blood cancer.

20th Jul 2021

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Open letter from cancer charities to the public

40 charities and organisations have written an open letter, urging the public to help keep vulnerable people safe as restrictions ease.

16th Jul 2021

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37 leading clinicians call for more Government support for people with blood cancer

A group of 37 leading experts representing people with blood cancer have marked the lifting of restrictions in England today (Monday) by calling on the Government to do more to protect people with blood cancer as the covid infection rate rises.

16th Jul 2021


Vaccine Collaborative announce further funding for vaccine efficacy research

The Blood Cancer Vaccine Research Collaborative has announced further funding into COVID-19 vaccine research for people with blood cancer. The two new studies will seek to understand how the vaccines trigger an immune response in people with blood cancer and the extent to which this protects them from coronavirus.

6th Jul 2021

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Why we've decided to push the NHS on vaccine effectiveness

As much as we don’t want to have to push the NHS to do even more, there are still lots of people with blood cancer who don't have all the information they need to judge their level of risk. Our responsibility lies with them.

2nd Jul 2021


80% of people with blood cancer have not been told the Covid vaccines may not work for them

The lives of tens of thousands of people with blood cancer are being put at risk because they've not been told the Covid vaccines are less likely to work as well for them.

1st Jul 2021


Seven new Trustees called up to Blood Cancer UK squad

**Extra time called! Now updated with TWO extra additions**

29th Jun 2021


We believe we can beat blood cancer within a generation. Here’s how we’ll do it.

Fatima Sulaiman, Head of Research, talks about the future of blood cancer research for us as an organisation, and what we’re doing to prioritise research.

23rd Jun 2021


“For too long, stigma and outdated ideas have prevented gay men from helping people with blood cancer”

New legislation has come into effect which means it’s now easier for men in relationships with men to give blood. Read on to find out more about these new rules, why this is good news for the blood cancer community, and what it means for people like Todd.

14th Jun 2021

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We're calling on the Government to postpone lifting restrictions on June 21

We've joined with Kidney Care UK to call on the Government in England to postpone plans to lift all Covid restrictions on June 21, to help protect the 500,000 immunocompromised people in the UK.

11th Jun 2021

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Announcement: We're funding NINE research projects across multiple blood cancers

We're excited to announce funding for new blood cancer research projects taking place across the UK. Below we reveal a little about each project, and how they'll benefit people with blood cancer...

11th Jun 2021


What do covid antibody test results mean for people with blood cancer?

Many of our community have had an antibody test following their covid vaccine to understand what kind of response they’ve had. In this blog, we talk more about what antibody test results mean, what the evidence suggests is important in developing a response to vaccination and what other factors are important to think about.

7th Jun 2021

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“When I stood at that first bucket collection, I never thought it would come this far”

After Jake lost his stepdad Paul to acute myeloid leukaemia, he was determined to volunteer to help others affected by blood cancer.

2nd Jun 2021

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I felt like I'd hit the jackpot: My experiences on a clinical trial

After three years on watch and wait following a blood cancer diagnosis, Nicky enrolled on a clinical trial. In March this year, recruitment for the trial closed. To mark the occasion, Nicky reflects on her positive experiences from the trial.

28th May 2021

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Together we're investing £800K in vaccine efficacy research

The Blood Cancer UK Vaccine Research Collaborative announces funding for a further eight research projects, worth £800K in total, that will look at covid vaccine effectiveness in people with blood cancer.

26th May 2021

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Please, keep your distance to protect people with blood cancer

As today’s relaxation of covid rules come into effect (Monday 17 May) we're urging the public to continue respecting people’s personal space to help protect people with blood cancer.

17th May 2021


"This is what I missed while shielding in my flat"

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Erica shares a poetic account of how connecting with nature has helped her mental wellbeing, both during lockdown and beyond.

13th May 2021

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Group of charities announce first blood cancer vaccine efficacy research funding

A new collaborative of charities focusing on research into COVID-19 vaccine efficacy for people with blood cancer has announced funding for research into how well they work in people with cancer that affects their immune system.

11th May 2021


What else can we use to protect people with blood cancer from covid?

We spoke to Professor Andrew Ustianowski, the clinical lead of a trial called PROVENT, to find out about alternative methods that might protect people with blood cancer from covid.

5th May 2021


It feels like while everyone's getting back to normal, my life’s still on pause

Jill's been shielding since March 2020. She hopes that research into how effective the vaccine is will help people with blood cancer get back to normal.

4th May 2021