The Leukaemia Foundation has marked the first day of Blood Cancer Month with the launch of Australia’s first and only dedicated blood cancer support line.
The latest data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare confirms that 53 Australians will be diagnosed with blood cancer every day this year, an increase from 50 people daily in 2021.
The five-year survival rate for blood cancer has remained stable at 67.9 per cent. It is lower than the average 70.1 per cent survival rate for all cancers in Australia. A recent Australian study also found survivors of blood cancer with high unmet supportive care needs were 50 per cent more likely to see their cancer return.
Leukaemia Foundation CEO Chris Tanti said 135,000 Australians are currently living with blood cancer and diagnoses are projected to nearly double by 2035.
“Whether you are currently living with blood cancer, undergoing treatment, in remission, a carer, or grieving the loss of a loved one, Australia’s blood cancer support line is now available to guide all Australians through the emotional, physical, and psychosocial challenges of blood cancer,” said Mr Tanti.
“When someone receives a blood cancer diagnosis, it can feel like the beginning of a long, and isolating journey. Treatment is often complex and urgent, and life-saving care can be far from home. We know too many Australians are left feeling overwhelmed, unsure - and alone.
“Sadly, many Australians impacted by blood cancer still face barriers to receiving the care they need, when they need it. By breaking down these barriers and offering personalised supportive care and information at no cost, we know that we can help people not only survive their blood cancer but thrive,” he added.
Contact Australia’s blood cancer support line Monday to Friday from 10 am - 4 pm AEST by calling 1800 620 420 or anytime via bloodcancer.org.au.