Yesterday, I helped reform the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Stem Cell Transplantation.
The APPG is committed to raising awareness of stem cell transplantation in Parliament and beyond. This well-established, potentially lifesaving treatment offers patients with blood cancers and blood disorders a second chance of life, but:
- 1 in 8 people fail to find the donor they need – odds that drop dramatically for patients from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background – so we need to keep building and diversifying the stem cell donor register.
- Recovery after a stem cell transplant can be a long and complex journey, but we know that the care and support that patients, and their families, receive during this time is inconsistent across the UK and needs to improve.
- There is more that can be done to ensure that every patient receives a successful stem cell transplant, which means we need to keep investing in world-class research to improve patient outcomes.
In Delyn, there are 655 potential livesavers on the stem cell register. These incredible individuals give blood cancer patients a second chance of life – that’s why we call them potential lifesavers.
We are currently ranked 516 out of 650 constituencies in the UK for the number of people on the donor register. That is why I have joined this APPG. We need to see more people register to donor their stem cells so that more people have a second chance at life.