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5 things you should know about World Blood Donor Day

1. It’s an international event held every year on June 14 It serves to raise awareness about the ongoing need for donations of blood and blood products and to thank all the wonderful donors for their life-saving contributions! World Blood Donor Day kicks off Australia’s National Blood Donor Week. In 2020, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood […]

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2 minutes with Dr Rishi Kotecha from the Blood Cancer Taskforce

The Blood Cancer Taskforce is well on its way to developing Australia’s first National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer. We ask some of the Taskforce members what drives their passion for blood cancer. Why did you want to be part of the Taskforce? I am a paediatric haematologist and oncologist, so it was important […]

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2 minutes with Prof. Tim Hughes from the Blood Cancer Taskforce

The Blood Cancer Taskforce is well on its way to developing Australia’s first National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer. We ask some of the Taskforce members what drives their passion for blood cancer. Why did you want to be part of the Taskforce? I think the Blood Cancer Taskforce is going to have a […]

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Carmel O'Kane

2 minutes with Carmel O’Kane from the Blood Cancer Taskforce

The Blood Cancer Taskforce is well on its way to developing Australia’s first National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer. We ask some of the Taskforce members what drives their passion for blood cancer. Why did you want to be part of the Taskforce? I was identified because of my work with the Cancer Nurses […]

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Developing new treatments for Burkitt’s lymphoma

The Leukaemia Foundation is funding research aimed at advancing treatment for a blood cancer called Burkitt’s lymphoma (BL), thanks to the generous support of a major donor who has survived this aggressive blood cancer.  There is a need for alternative therapies for people with BL, according to Dr Gemma Kelly, a senior postdoctoral research scientist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (Melbourne).  Dr Kelly and Professor […]

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Reshaping our thinking on blood cancer treatment

Researchers at Monash University have discovered a key reason why a type of blood cancer called acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is such a difficult disease to treat and cure. More than 1,000 Australians are told they have AML each year but less than a third of them will be alive five years after their diagnosis. […]

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Dr Ken Micklethwaite

Australian study first ever to use CAR T-cells to prevent relapse after treatment

In a world first, the Australian COMMITTAL trial uses CAR T-cell therapy to improve survival for people with B-cell ALL who have an allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT). Dr Ken Micklethwaite, a clinical haematologist and bone marrow physician, who runs the CAR T-cell program at The Westmead Institute of Medical Research (Sydney), describes the study […]

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Jeanette Kingston and family at beach

Jeanette takes nothing for granted

  Darwin mother-of-two Jeanette Kingston, 41, never takes a single day for granted. When she was diagnosed with a blood cancer called multiple myeloma on August 14, 2018 she thought death was knocking at her door. With two young children, Brayden, nine, and seven-year-old Tahlia, Jeanette made up her mind to fight for her life. […]

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Kristy Williams running for blood cancer

“A marathon doesn’t compare to the challenges of blood cancer”

When Kristy Williams found out her close friend Erin was diagnosed with a rare and acute form of blood cancer, she literally hit the ground running. Since 2014, Kristy has dedicated her long distance running efforts to her best friend Erin, raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation to support all Australians living with blood cancer, […]

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Des and Jessica

I needed two transfusions to make my daughter’s wedding

Des Paddon says he owes his life to a clinical trial for the drug venetoclax – an experimental therapy that Leukaemia Foundation supporters helped to kick start. Des will spend this Father’s Day reflecting on family, including how much his two daughters supported him during his blood cancer treatment. “Jessica and Naomy don’t live nearby, […]

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