Two out of three Canadians would feel helpless if they received a blood cancer diagnosis

According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC), the majority (68%) of Canadians would feel helpless if they were diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma or Hodgkin’s disease, one would still know if a loved one suffers from such a cancer. According to this survey, only 25% of Canadians believe that there are enough services available to patients with blood cancer.

“Our biggest challenge is that blood cancers are still largely unknown to Canadians,” says Alicia Talarico , President of SLLC. Many people do not know what is a blood cancer, even though it is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada and affects both children and adults. On World Cancer Day, we want Canadians to know that we have a plethora of free resources and programs that could be very helpful to them if they ever get a diagnosis of blood cancer. ”

On January 29, SLLC will launch the Unite for the Cause campaign to help Canadians gain the confidence to face a diagnosis of blood cancer. One in five Canadians knows someone with blood cancer. For many, the need for reliable information, access to patient services and how to show support for a loved one is very real. During this week-long campaign, Canadians will learn how to take advantage of the wide range of resources and programs offered by SLLC at no cost.

When he learned that his mother had leukemia, Kris Osmond , a native of Halifax , wanted to take charge so that he could support one of the most important people in the world for him.

“I had to find answers to countless questions in my mind,” recalls Kris, who knew his mother had cancer just days after starting a new job at SLLC. I felt terribly helpless, but at the same time, I wanted to be strong for her. So I tried to learn as much as I could about supporting a loved one through SLLC. “Read the full story Kris visiting the site of Unite for the cause .

Fortunately for him, as an SLLC employee, he knew exactly who to turn to when his mother was diagnosed. It was by communicating with SLLC that he and his mother got answers to all their questions and had access to services that were very helpful to them. These resources are available to everyone.

There are 137 types of blood cancers and related disorders that now affect more than 138,000 Canadians. Each year, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada provides free information and support services to 27,000 patients and their families when they are diagnosed with blood cancer. In 2017, $ 7.4 million was invested in creating and delivering services to improve the lives of Canadians with blood cancer, as well as funding for world-class research projects. in cancer centers from coast to coast.

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