Taking action on cancer waiting times

DKMS UK united with other cancer charities to call for greater political action on cancer


Yesterday, Wednesday, 31 January, we stood united outside London's iconic Houses of Parliament as part of the influential #CatchUpWithCancer campaign.

Call to reduce waiting times for cancer patients

The #CatchUpWithCancer initiative, championed by Professor Patricia Price, a distinguished clinical oncologist from Imperial College London, urges the Government and NHS to accelerate cancer treatments and minimize the prolonged diagnosis and treatment waiting times worsened by the COVID pandemic.

It was an empowering sight as over 20 charities gathered to amplify this crucial message. The collaboration fostered a collective determination to shape a brighter future for those living with rare and less common cancers.

As an organization dedicated to deleting blood cancer, DKMS UK is proud to be a part of this movement. With a robust presence in medical and scientific research, including a specialized clinical trials unit, we relentlessly strive to enhance patient survival and recovery rates. Every 20 minutes, a person in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer, so the urgency of the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign becomes even more palpable. (Learn more about blood cancer here)

Participant at the catch up with cancer event smiling and holding up a banner
Two officials smiling at the camera at the catch up to cancer event

A call to action and plea of hope

DKMS spokesperson Deborah Hyde said: “Each year, approximately 2,000 people in the UK with blood cancers or disorders need a stem cell transplant, and any delay reduces their chances of survival or recovery.”

Supporting this initiative is more than a call for action; it's a plea for hope. Our mission is clear: to ensure that every patient receives the highest standard of care throughout their transplant journey. As we echo the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign's message, we invite the wider community to join us in this pivotal fight against time and disease.

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