Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week, What's your type?

There are around 125,000 people in the UK living with lymphatic cancer and – as the only UK charity dedicated to supporting people with lymphoma, their relatives and carers – we need your help in making sure they know they can come to us for specialist information and support.

For Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week (LCAW) 2016, which ran from 12-18 September, we launched our ‘What’s your type?’ campaign, to raise awareness of how complex lymphoma is. And, it was our busiest LCAW yet.

Thank you to all who supported us by taking part in our Great Purple Collection, completing our What’s your type? survey, getting involved on social media, signing our petition and many more LCAW-inspired activities.

View some of the social media conversations that took place during the week.

If you would still like to be involved, here is what you can do to make a difference:

  • As part of this year’s campaign, we launched our ‘What’s your type?’ cards, designed to encourage everyone affected by lymphoma to know their subtype. If you are a health professional and would like to order a pack of these cards, please email healthprofessionals@lymphomas.org.uk
  • Sign our online petition calling on NHS England to carry out a lymphoma clinical audit, to properly monitor and evaluate the way that national data about people diagnosed with lymphoma is collected. We want to ensure that reporting methods used across the UK are consistent, so that clinicians and patient organisations like us can properly understand and address issues around diagnosis, treatments and outcomes for all types of lymphoma.
  • Tell your friends, family and colleagues why you are supporting ‘What’s your type?’ on social media, using the hashtag #TypesMatter 
  • Make a donation - we rely almost entirely on donations from the general public. Can you make a contribution? 

Any cancer diagnosis is difficult. But how much more difficult is it when it comes in over 60 different forms or subtypes each with their varying presentations, diagnoses and complex treatment options?

For many, it can be an extremely hard and confusing disease to understand and cope with. With your help, we can make sure we are there for everyone who needs us, whatever their subtype or stage of diagnosis.