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Providing support to anyone affected by blood cancer
We know that a diagnosis of a blood cancer can be unsettling, frightening and upsetting, whether it is your diagnosis or the diagnosis of somebody you know. Being around others who have been through a similar journey can be invaluable.
Our blood cancer support groups provide help and advice to patients, carers and their families somewhere that is local to you. We co-ordinate and maintain groups up and down the UK, each with dedicated volunteers and a range of carers, patient and family members.
We also list support groups run by other blood cancer charities to ensure you get the best support possible. Their groups are listed below. Please contact them directly if you’d like to attend.
"I have found the group a tremendous support for me. When I was first diagnosed in 2004, I was full of despair and since coming to the group and seeing people who had survived, I was given hope and a realisation that I can win this battle."
Want to set up a group near you? We are always on the look out for opportunities to expand our support groups in new areas. Are you somebody who would like to organise one in your area? Or do you work at a hospital that would be interested in having its own support group?
This group meets on the last Wednesday of every month.
If you would like further information or if you would like to attend, please contact Stacey Nutt, Macmillan Nurse Specialist on 01302 553211 or email Stacey.Nutt@dbh.nhs.ukGet in touch
The group launched in February 2010 and has 30 members. It’s a positive and supportive group who have set up their own Facebook page for members and anyone who needs support outside of group meetings and as a way of staying in touch. Meetings are both informal and social. The group offers friendship and support, a space to talk through your feelings, or just have a coffee and a laugh with people who know what you are going through.
2018 meeting dates
11th April – 6.00pm – 8.00pm – Deed Boddington, a BMT Social Worker, will be here to talk about how you tell your family members, friends, co-workers etc about your diagnosis and treatment.
13th June – 3.00pm – 5.00pm – At this group, we will be joined by Josh Wright, Consultant Haematologist, who will be here to talk about the management of lymphoma.
15th August – 6.00pm – 8.00pm - Jayne Davis, Pharmacist will be joining us to talk about how your chemotherapy prescription is processed.
10th October – 3.00pm – 5.00pm - Amy Earnshaw, a Dietician will be joining us to talk about how your treatment and condition could affect your appetite, weight and intake. She will also be giving you top tips on how to prevent weight loss and ensure your body is getting the right amount of energy and protein.
12th December – 6.00pm – 8.00pm - Our annual Christmas party.
2019 meeting dates
13th February 2019 – 3.00pm – 5.00pm - Deed Boddington, a BMT social Worker, will be talking about the 6 ways of well-being: Physical activity, learning, connecting, taking notice, giving and planning for the future. Deed will also be talking about the lasting power of attorney, advanced directives, advanced statements of care and support wishes.
If you would like further information or if you would like to attend, please contact Leukaemia CARE on freephone 08088 010 444.Get in touch
Our York haematology support group is open to anyone who has been affected by a blood cancer diagnosis. The group meets on the first Thursday of the month. See below a list of 2018 dates.
January - no meeting
Thursday 1st February - Speaker - Simon Stanworth a Consultant Haematologist
Thursday 1st March - Speaker - Andy Wilson Yorkshire Cancer Research
Thursday 5th April - Speaker - Ian Hitchcock, Professor of Experimental Haematology
Thursday 3rd May - Speaker - Cathy Burton Consultant Haematologist & Head of Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service
Thursday 7th June - Speaker - Martin Howard, Consultant Haematologist
Thursday 5th July - Speaker - Alison Learwood a Bloodwise Ambassador
August - no meeting
Thursday 6th September - Speaker - Sanjay Gupta, Consultant Cardiologist
Thursday 4th October - Speaker - Gill and Helen, Haematology Specialist Nurses
Thursday 1st November - Speaker to be confirmed
Thursday 6th December - Christmas buffet
If you would like further information or if you would like to attend, please contact Carol Miller on 01904 330705 or contact Leukaemia Care on freephone 08088 010 444 (Monday - Friday 9am-4:30pm).Get in touch
This group meets on the third Thursday of every other month. If you would like further information or if you would like to attend, please contact Anne or Tony Tordoff on 01482 858244 or 07875 250339.Get in touch
This group meets on the last Friday of every month. If you would like further information or if you would like to attend, please contact Rita Rumsey on 0113 252 0097.Get in touch
This group meets on the first Thursday of every month. If you would like further information or if you would like to attend, please contact Graham Lane on 01609 760191.Get in touch
This group meets on the first Wednesday of every month. If you would like further information or if you would like to attend, please contact Molly Ansell on 01347 822555.Get in touch