Blood cancer appeal
Can you do something amazing to help our patients with blood cancer?
This year our ACT on Cancer Campaign is focusing on supporting a major redevelopment programme for the haematology oncology department. Can you help?
The haematology day unit cares for people undergoing investigations and treatment of disorders affecting the blood or bone marrow, in an outpatients setting. The unit will be moving from Ward E10, to the recently vacated on-site dialysis unit, which will enable patients with blood-related cancers to be treated more quickly, with an improved quality of care.
We need to raise £350,000 in addition to the NHS core provision, to make this new unit amazing; providing additional state-of-the-art equipment, a dedicated cancer counselling service and the most comfortable environment, and we’re asking our generous supporters to help blood cancer patients like Dean Morley.
Dean explains how the treatment unit at Addenbrooke’s really does change lives. Dean, from Newton in Suffolk, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2004, when he was just 34. Today, following two stem cell transplants and numerous other therapies over twelve years, he is cancer free, although he still visits Addenbrooke’s regularly for frequent follow-ups. He said:
“I never imagined that I had cancer. I was in my early thirties, enjoying life and spending time with my fiancée Karen; we were just beginning our lives together. But I had started feeling utterly exhausted and couldn’t escape it. Following test after test, I was floored to hear that I had a follicular lymphoma – a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Over the next 12 years I endured a whole host of treatments and procedures, including eight cycles of gruelling chemotherapy, urgent and lifesaving radiotherapy, and stem cell transplants of my own and donor cells. Five years on I am cancer-free. The doctors and nurses at Addenbrooke's are literally life-savers."
With your support we can make the new haematology day unit somewhere extra special. We would like patients to benefit from not only the latest equipment, but a calming environment too, using art and decorative window frosting, bringing home comforts to an otherwise sterile space.
Patients will also be able to use a new quiet room to pause for reflection or have private conversations with staff. We’d like to raise enough money for a high-quality sofa, chairs and accessories.
Outside, the tired benches and planters will be replaced with something more colourful and creative – turning a drab, unwelcoming space into respite from the busy hospital environment.
To see our wishlist, please click here.
"As matron on E10 at Addenbrooke’s, I have an understanding of how tough treatment for blood cancer is. Chemotherapy, transfusions and other treatments can be emotionally draining and physically exhausting. Often, patients are here for hours at a time. On top of that, our facilities are bursting at the seams. Unfortunately, this is all putting enormous pressure on our patients at a time when they are facing great anxiety, as well as the staff who want to offer them the very best care. We can’t allow this to continue." Hannah Brown, Matron and Lead Chemotherapy nurse
Will YOU help us provide this much-needed space and state-of-the-art equipment?