Our researchers regularly meet with patient groups to talk about their research and how we are beating blood cancer.
Disseminating our expert knowledge about blood cancers, new treatments and improvements in diagnosis to patients is a really important part of what we do.
Our researchers find these visits extremely insightful and motivating, as helping to improve the outcome for patients is, after all, the reason they, as researchers, do what they do.
Dr Andy Chantry a Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research clinical scientist in Sheffield has attended several meetings and is preparing for another this afternoon.
"Today I’m traveling down to Derby to meet with the local myeloma patient support group.
I’ve been invited to talk about my research into myeloma which is all about preventing the terrible damage to bones that myeloma causes. We are working on agents that strengthen bone, prevent bone destruction and may even lead to repair of existing damage.
I’m really looking forward to this because it gives me a chance to discuss face to face the problems patients with myeloma experience. This is a special privilege and inspires me to continue the fight against this difficult disease and to focus my research onto the problems that matter to patients most.
My research has been supported for many years by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and by patients who have generously donated blood and bone marrow.
I’ll also be speaking at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s Conference that will be taking place in London this April.
Conference is a great chance for me to meet with the people that raise all the money that the charity invests in vital research like mine, as well as new supporters who may have been affected by a blood cancer and are inspired by the work of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, which really is beating blood cancer."
Dr Andy Chantry, Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield