Today (5 July 2018) we celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. Over the past 70 years, the outlook for people with lymphoma has changed dramatically. Back in 1948, when the NHS was established, radiotherapy was the only treatment available for someone diagnosed with lymphoma. It wasn’t until the early 1960s that combinations of chemotherapy were developed for lymphoma.
Lymphoma Action (formerly the Lymphoma Association) was set up in 1986 by patients who wanted to support each other and learn more about their disease. Back then, information could only be found in libraries, and it was written for medics. From that premise, Lymphoma Action opened a helpline and starting writing information designed for patients.
This still remains at the heart of the charity.
We are indebted to staff within the NHS for supporting the work we do for people affected by lymphoma. Our Medical Advisory Panel and Nurse Forum guide our work and review our information, ensuring it remains evidence-based, accurate and provides the information people need.
In 2004, we were delighted to support the NHS by providing three years funding for six nurses in NHS haematology units and we are pleased that the NHS continue to fund all those posts.
We also work closely with NHS healthcare professionals to develop and deliver our specialist education and training programme that supports clinicians and nurses to keep up to date with the latest developments in lymphoma treatment and care.
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