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From real patient stories to tips on living well, hear firsthand from people who have faced blood cancer.

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“Trev is still looking after me” says Pauline

Pauline Vedelago tells the story of her husband of 31 years, Trevor.

  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • Grief and loss
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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Trevor and Pauline with their dog

Geoff’s story: living well with mantle cell lymphoma

Hear why Geoff is feeling great and keen to reach his goal of getting to 100 years old, just 39 years to go!

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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Geoff with MCL

Addressing knowledge gaps in immunoglobulin therapy

Dr Khai Li Chai is working to improve the prevention and treatment of infection in blood cancer patients with antibody replacement therapy.

  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Research
  • Treatments and side-effects
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Khai Li Chai

I was a new mum with blood cancer

This year’s will be Sarah’s second Mother’s Day – but the first she’ll be celebrating cancer free.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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Sarah Fazulla and her young daughter Blair

Leukaemia Foundation invests $2.8m in innovative lymphoma research

Better understanding and treatment of lymphoma is the focus of eight new research projects that are part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s National Research Program.

  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Research
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Illustration of a microscope, test tubes, and clipboard

“I wasn’t told anything about my diagnosis”

Cutaneous lymphoma doesn't slow Samantha down - she runs, camps, and lobbies for better access to new therapies.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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Samantha with her daughters, Jordi and Taylah, on the beach

Blood cancer doesn’t stop: John-Michael’s story

John-Michael is immunosuppressed, making him very vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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John Michael Barrie

Talking lymphoma with Associate Professor Jake Shortt

Assoc. Prof. Shortt talks about his work in non-Hodgkin lymphoma research.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Research
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Jake Shortt

The first doctor told me it was eczema

Samantha Mitchell shares her experience living with a rare and specific type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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Samantha has lived with skin lymphoma since 2012

“I was ready to end it all”

Jenny's been in remission from non-Hodgkin lymphoma for over 22 years.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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Jenny

Make Blood Cancer Visible

Download this beautiful collection of stories shared by Australians who have faced blood cancer.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Other blood cancers
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Illustration of various cells - neutrophils, lymphocytes, basophil, Eosinophil and red blood cells

Developing new treatments for Burkitt’s lymphoma

Dr Gemma Kelly is investigating a new anti-cancer drug to treat Burkitt's lymphoma.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Research
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Dr Gemma Kelly standing in a research lab

Geoff feels blessed to be on a trial and never wastes a day

Geoff Cashman was training for the Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim in the Whitsundays when he was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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Geoff and Cathy

Feeling the physical, emotional and financial effects

After John felt a lump in his chest, he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Treatments and side-effects
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Belinda and John-Michael Barrie stand outside in a garden, smiling

Max’s story: living well with mantle cell lymphoma

Max's message is to “enjoy family, enjoy life and appreciate everyday.”

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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Max with MCL

Harley’s lymphoma tumour shock

Harley and his family stayed in Leukaemia Foundation accommodation during his Burkitt's lymphoma treatment.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Support services
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Harley Royce and his family

Could the immune system hold the key to curing follicular lymphoma?

A world-first research group is investigating a new therapeutic approach.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Research
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Professor Maher Gandhi

Targeting cancer ‘survival’ protein to kill cancer cells

A protein critical for the survival of many cancer cells might be the key to a new treatment for lymphoma and leukaemia patients.

  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Research
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Dr Stephanie Grabow. Photo courtesy of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

A vital head start against cancer

Professor Maher Gandhi talks about improving outcomes for patients with DLBCL.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Research
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