Recovery following a stem cell transplant needs to be dealt with as seriously as seeking a donor for the initial transplant, the MP for Ogmore has asserted.
Local MP, Chris Elmore, has attended an event in Parliament with Anthony Nolan: the UK’s blood cancer charity.
The event sought to raise awareness of the struggles faces by those patients recovering following major stem cell transplant surgery.
Mr Elmore commented: “By 2020, there will be over 16,000 people living post-transplant, a significant proportion of whom will be experiencing both physical and psychological side-effects that can last for many months or even years.”
Research conducted by the charity shows that only half (54%) of those who need psychological support, such as counselling or group therapy, actually receive it. Similarly, only half (50%) of those who need practical support, such as help at home or getting back to work, are offered it. More than 1 in 3 patients (36%) do not get the information they want about support or self-help groups.
The local MP continued: “I’d encourage as many constituents as possible to sign up to Anthony Nolan’s register by providing a spit sample – you might be able to save someone’s life one day!”.
Local residents seeking a sample kit to join the register can apply for one by visiting Antony Nolan’s website: https://www.anthonynolan.org/.