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A year of firsts - 2019!

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13 Jan 2020

2019 saw many ground-breaking projects from Bloodwise. Here's a round-up of three of our most recent success stories.

Revolutionary research

A breakthrough research project, partly funded by Bloodwise, saw researchers at Stanford and the University of Tokyo develop a new technique for growing stem cells.

Now, people with blood cancer need bouts of gruelling treatment before they are ready for transplant. Side effects can be so severe that it can rule some of them out of receiving the life-saving treatment altogether.

The technique has shown remarkable results in mice and if it’s successful in humans, it could lead to stem cell treatments that are safer and more effective in the future.

Campaign success

Thanks in part to campaigning by the Bloodwise policy team, a drug that can relieve ‘unbearable’ blood cancer symptoms approved for the first time in Scotland

Polycythaemia Vera (PV) is a slow-growing blood cancer in which your bone marrow makes too many red blood cells. For people with PV who don’t respond to standard treatment, Ruxolitinib can help to alleviate the extreme discomfort of their condition.

“Since starting on the Ruxolitinib, the difference has been remarkable. I have my energy back, the brain fog has gone, I can sleep again and I’m back to enjoying a busy and normal life.” - Norma Balfour

A young adult's guide to blood cancer

We worked with young people to produce ‘Blood Cancer Uncovered’, our first resource dedicated entirely to young adults. Blood Cancer Uncovered provides information and support for young adults told by young adults. The websits includes videos, blogs and listicles, covering issues from treatments and side effects to dating and friendships.

None of these achievements would have been possible without donations from you, our fantastic supporters. Whether 2019 was your first year supporting Bloodwise, or is one of many, we thank you for supporting us.

Here’s to 2020 being even better!


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