Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

September is blood cancer awareness month and over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of the things that we do to support those affected by blood cancer.  Leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma are some of the most common cancers in Northern Ireland, affecting thousands of people every day.  The good news is that we fund and support lots of projects throughout the hospital that make a real difference to a patient’s life and their time here at the Cancer Centre.  Take a look at just some of the ways we’re making a difference.

Haematology clinical room

Anyone who has attended the Bridgewater Suite at Belfast City Hospital, where many blood cancer patients attend for reviews and treatment, knows that space is often quite limited.  The nursing staff approached Friends of the Cancer Centre for support and funding in creating another clinical room that would give them much needed space to deliver chemotherapy to patients.  The room is now equipped with 4 additional treatment chairs, which will allow the Bridgewater team to reduce treatment waiting times for patients and in time help reduce overall waiting times in the hospital.


Lymphoma information night

This summer saw the very first lymphoma information night for patients, led by our very own lymphoma CNS and funded by Friends of the Cancer Centre.  The night proved to be a great source of information and support for patients and their families.  We are hoping to make this a regular event for patients, with future dates to be confirmed.


Helping you pass the time in Bridgewater

Thousands of people attend the Bridgewater Suite for chemotherapy and review appointments and it can often be a long wait for many. To help pass the time and distract a worried mind, Friends of the Cancer Centre offers everyone who attends Bridgewater a complimentary cup of tea or coffee- now served in our own special cups - and a free newspaper or magazine.  It might not sound like a lot, but sometimes the small things make a big difference. 


Information for new patients attending Bridgewater

Attending the Bridgewater Suite for the first time is daunting and not knowing what to expect when you arrive can be an additional and unnecessary stress.  The Bridgewater team and Friends of the Cancer Centre have partnered to produce a short information video to help alleviate some of that worry.  It guides you through every step of the way, including what to do on arrival, helpful advice on waiting times and even what to wear to your appointment.  Check out the video below:


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We’re always in need of volunteers to help in our office, at events or in their own local community, so if you have time to spare and would like to get involved, please get in touch to find out more.