Bloodwise Reasearch Information
We’re making big discoveries, right here in Wales Every day, 11 people in the UK are told they have chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). 4,000 people every year.
That’s a lot of lives turned upside down.
CLL develops slowly, so patients might not need treatment right away.
You might think that’s a good thing. But it means lots of people with CLL are on ‘watch and wait’, where their disease is monitored and they only have treatment when the cancer’s severe enough.
It means regular visits to the hospital to for check-ups, which disrupt normal life.
It means worrying about when the cancer is going to need treatment.
It means never being able to forget about the cancer, yet looking well enough that people don’t know what you’re going through.
Our research will transform the lives of CLL patients. Our researchers at Cardiff University are developing a quick and cheap genetic test to predict how fast-growing someone’s CLL is likely to be. It’s the most reliable test to date, and may soon help doctors decide if a patient needs treatment straightaway.
It means that the type and timing of treatment can be personalised, so patients have fewer harsh side effects. There’ll also be an important emotional benefit, as CLL patients will be able to take control of their lives more confidently. And the good news is that if patients do need treatment one day, their outlook is improving thanks to research we’ve been doing into new, innovative therapies.
Our researchers are now starting to say the words we all want to hear – that CLL will soon become curable for many.