Blood Cancer & Stem Cells
What we’re fighting for
In essence, Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK wants to eradicate cancer of the blood once and for all. One of the ways we’re aiming to achieve that is through advancing our understanding of stem cells and how we can use them to treat blood cancer patients, particularly through stem cell transplants. Read the topics below to understand the full picture of what Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK is fighting for and how we’re achieving it.
Understanding blood cancer
There are three main types of blood cancer and each affect blood cells in a different way. The necessary treatment to administer will depend on which type of cancer is present.
Understanding stem cells
Stem cells are found in various body tissues and are highly adaptable. By adapting them into specialised cells they can be utilised in the treatment of some blood cancers.
Stem cell transplantation
In some cases a more effective method to treat blood cancer is stem cell transplantation. Cancerous cells can be treated externally and then returned to the body in a healthier state.
Cord blood bank
Collecting and storing umbilical cord blood stem cells at the time of birth means your baby or another member of their family can potentially use them to treat future diseases.
Knowledge and understanding of stem cell treatments in blood cancer is always evolving, which is why we present research articles with each new breakthrough.