As Australia’s peak body for blood cancers, they fund research and provide free services to support patients. This includes people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders, and their families. They provide free practical and emotional support, and fund research to improve treatments and find cures.
Role of pathology in blood cancers
Pathology services play a crucial role in the diagnosis and management of many blood cancers. Pathology professionals use scientific training to interpret blood results that may indicate cancer. Genetic testing by pathology labs provides insight into the specific type of blood cancer and how it can be best treated. Side effects can be monitored by regular testing and dosing and timing adjusted to keep the patient as healthy as possible. Blood transfusion for cancer patients with low blood oxygen is conducted safely through pathology labs matching donated blood products with patients.
Bridgette was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia when she was eight years old. She’s always been interested in science but since undergoing treatment, this amazing little girl knows she wants to help other kids like her. Her dream is to be a Haematologist!