Blood Cancer Awareness events this September

21 Aug 2023, 10:31 a.m.

Every September, Blood Cancer Awareness Month raises awareness and understanding of blood cancers. This year, our cancer support workers are holding a series of events at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Events in September 2023

Come and meet your support workers!

Events and information stands in the Atrium, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital:

  • Monday 4 September – MPN Awareness Day (10am – 2pm)
  • Wednesday 6 September – Lymphoma Awareness Day (10am-12 midday and 2-4pm)
  • Thursday 7 September – Myeloma Awareness Day (9.30-11.30am and 1.30-3.30pm)

Our specialist Cancer Support Workers will be giving advice and guidance on fatigue, healthy lifestyles, diet, exercise and counselling for anyone affected by cancer. Please do approach them to find the answers to your questions about blood cancer, including:

- Can I access mental health support?

- Is there support for my family and friends?

- I am a young patient, what support is there for me?

- I am struggling to pay my bills, is there any help?

- Can I meet others in similar situations to me?

- Who are my haematology doctors/ specialist nurses/ support workers?

About Blood Cancer Awareness month

According to Blood Cancer UK, new research shows that over half of UK adults cannot name a single symptom of blood cancer despite it being the fifth most common cancer in the UK.

When people were asked to spontaneously list what they thought were common signs of blood cancer, Blood Cancer UK found more than half (55%) said they did not know of any. A quarter (25%) said it would be somewhat or extremely unlikely they would consult a GP if they had any of the main symptoms associated with the disease - fatigue, bruising, swollen lymph nodes and night sweats.