Policy and influence

As a voice for people affected by lymphoma, our role is to highlight the issues they face in order to influence the policies and decisions that affect them.

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Cancer diagnosis, treatment and care

Our work to influence the decisions that impact on people affected by lymphoma feeds into our wider goal of ensuring that they can access the treatment and care that they need.  

March 2022 

In collaboration with over 50 cancer charities, we have published a consensus statement in response to the Government’s Call for Evidence to inform a new 10-year Cancer Plan. We have outlined the 10 tests we believe must be met if the new 10-year Cancer Plan is to be successful in delivering world leading and transformative change.

    October/ November 2021

    March 2021

    • In a letter written as part of the One Cancer Voice group of charities, we urged Government in all four UK nations to drive efforts to plot a route out of the pandemic and towards world-leading cancer services.

    November 2020

    June 2020

    • Along with 24 other charities, we developed the One Cancer Voice 12-point plan for the restoration of cancer services impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan sets out the ways that the Government can, not only restore cancer services to their previous levels, but transform them to deliver significant improvements in survival rates and patient care.

    November 2019

    • In collaboration with the One Cancer Voice group of charities, we launched a manifesto for people living with cancer that called on the next Government to improve cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

     


    COVID-19

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been vital that we put forward the issues that impact on people affected by lymphoma to the policymakers who can address them.

    March 2022 

    • As part of the Blood Cancer Alliance, we wrote to the Government to express our concerns about the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions across the United Kingdom. The statement advocated for a comprehensive strategy specifically for immunocompromised groups, including people with lymphoma and all blood cancers. 

    October 2021

    • In a letter addressed to the Health Secretary alongside the charity Antony Nolan, we asked for the appointment of a government lead for immunocompromised people to represent the needs of those for whom the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a very real threat.
    • We also wrote to the Health Secretary as part of the Blood Cancer Alliance to express our ongoing concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on blood cancer patients, and to call on the Government to commit more rigorous measures to protect vulnerable patients while infection rates were continuing to rise.

    July 2021

    • In two letters addressed to the Prime Minister, we expressed our concern about the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in England on Monday 19 July 2021, and what this would mean for people considered clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Our letter as part of the Blood Cancer Alliance highlighted how a large number of the UK’s blood cancer community, including people affected by lymphoma, continued to be clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 and urged the Prime Minister to take specific action.  We were also one of 56 charities who signed a letter organised by the charity National Voices asking the Prime Minister to reconsider the lifting of COVID-19 measures in England.
    • In addition, we joined an open letter as part of the One Cancer Voice group of charities appealing to the public to be mindful of the impact of ‘freedom day’ on people affected by cancer, and the steps they can take to protect those who are still clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19

    November 2020


    Health Inequalities

    Our goal is to support anyone affected by lymphoma. To do so, it is important for us to understand the impact of health inequalities on people affected by the condition, and understand the barriers that may be preventing people from seeking further support, in order to improve health outcomes for all individuals, communities and groups affected by lymphoma.

    November 2021

    • As part of our work with the Blood Cancer Alliance, we supported the Forgotten fifth campaign which called for people affected by blood cancer to be treated equally to those with the four most common cancers in NHS policy and decision making. It follows an evidence review conducted at the beginning of 2021 that explored the unmet needs of people with blood cancer across the UK.