As the world celebrates #InternationalClinicalTrialsDay Cure Leukaemia are continually working hard to ensure funds are found to allow more trials of potentially life-saving drugs for blood cancer patients to take place.
Cure Leukaemia Patron and former England Footballer discusses the importance of clinical trials
Paving the way for pioneering Clinical Trials
Without specialist research nurses, funded by Cure Leukaemia, these trials would not being able to happen at the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and across the Midlands.
One recent example of this was the appointment of Donna Walsh. Thanks to the generosity of the CHEAR Foundation, Donna's position was funded in the Haematology trials team last year.
Before her arrival the team had been stretched to capacity supporting the existing trial portfolio which inhibited their ability to open further trials and thus offer more potentially life-saving treatments to blood cancer patients.
Co-founder Graham Silk is here today thanks to a clinical trial
Since joining, Donna has allowed the team to open four more clinical trials which offer new treatments or combinations of treatments to a number of patients with advanced stages of leukaemia or lymphoma.
Donna is the lead nurse on four trials but covers for many other trials that are running in the team. She actively looks for patients that may be suitable for the trials that she works on and her main focus has been to take patients through what can be a very difficult journey whilst they are receiving potentially life-changing therapies. The addition of a Cure Leukaemia funded Nurse has made a massive difference to the team, and the potential difference is even greater.
Whilst Donna has been in post she has also helped to considerably raise the profile of Cure Leukaemia and the work that is carried out at the Centre for Clinical Haematology (CCH). She has been involved with the making of videos to engage the public and get the message across about the work being done at the CCH and has been instrumental in developing the new @CLnurses twitter account from which upcoming events and news are tweeted.
The team are continuing to open new trials and Donna will be focussing on trials for patients with multiple myeloma in the coming months. Again, these trials are for patients with an advanced stage of their disease and her care and attention to these patients will be vital over this vulnerable period of their lives. Without the support and funding of Donna’s role, this would simply not be possible.
By supporting Cure Leukaemia, as the CHEAR Foundation so generously have, you are allowing more specialist research nurses like Donna to be funded. The more funds raised, the more nurses can be funded and more lives saved. It is a simple as that. Former England, Wolves and Crystal Palace footballer Geoff Thomas is aiming to raise £1million for Cure Leukaemia this year to fund more nurses like Donna. To show your support for his cause click HERE and please give what you can on International Clinical Trials Day.
Watch Donna discussing her role as a specialist research nurse