Research for the next step

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At The Christie, it’s not enough for us to successfully treat cancer. We also want our patients to have a good quality of life after they’ve completed their initial treatment with us. We want them to be able to spend time with the people they love, doing the things they love.

With your support, we can help make this a reality for more of our patients than ever before.

Care after cancer

Right now, research into the long-term effects of cancer is underfunded. But with more and more people recovering from cancer and living longer, our work has never been more important.

Over the next few years we want to research the risks of fractures and other bone problems, along with other important areas such as:

  • lung cancer after treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,
  • bowel and bladder issues after treatments of radiotherapy to the pelvis,
  • the risk of cardiovascular disease in the future after many different cancer treatments.

In her work as the Vice-Chair of Greater Manchester Living With and Beyond Cancer Pathway Board, endocrinologist Dr Claire Higham sees first-hand the effect that long-term issues after cancer treatment can have on patients.

“Ultimately, our next steps will keep people as fit and well after cancer as possible. Our aim is to help patients keep their independence, their jobs and their ability to live life to the full.”

- Dr Claire Higham, consultant endocrinologist

Tracey’s story

This research will help patients like Tracey. After Tracey was treated for myeloid leukaemia at The Christie, she was so happy to go home to her three children.

Then, without warning, Tracey’s spine gave way. The stem cell transplant and high-dose steroids that had saved her life had also weakened her bones.

Tracey spent her days in a steel girdle. She couldn’t sit up or even get out of bed by herself.

“When you lose your mobility and independence, that eats away at your whole life, and when you’re a parent, that’s enormous.”

- Tracey, Christie patient

It’s been a long journey for Tracey, but we’ve been with her every step of the way. Thankfully, after five years of ongoing treatment, she’s now feeling stronger and more confident.

Will you help us take the next step?

With you by our side, we can aim to understand and find ways of managing long-term issues after cancer treatment.

Armed with this knowledge, we can alter our patients’ treatment plans. We can offer long-term care, including regular screening. We can find ways to prevent people’s bones from deteriorating.

Let’s do our best to make sure long, healthy, happy lives are right around the corner.

With your donation and our research, this could be the start of a new era of lifelong cancer care.

Click here to donate to our life-changing research appeal

On the donation page, select Lymphoma Research from the designation menu to give to this appeal.

Have you received this letter from us? This is to help fund our next step research appeal