King’s College Hospital has revealed that it is working on a new vaccine for acute myeloid leukaemia – the first of its kind in the world.
The development was announced in a new fundraising video produced by the Lions International Blood Research Appeal (LIBRA), which has been raising money for the Haematology Department at King’s since 1976.
The video aims to raise money to help create and run new laboratories at King’s, and purchase vital pieces of research equipment, which will advance the progress of the new vaccine and other pioneering treatments being developed at the hospital, which is a centre of excellence for blood disorders.
These advancements will build upon the research and treatments that have already been developed at King’s, which continue to benefit the patients who are treated for blood conditions at the hospital.
Patients, doctors and nursing staff were interviewed for the video, which provides an insight into the ground breaking work being carried out at King’s. It takes viewers behind the scenes, showing them wards and laboratories – places that the general public would not normally see. The video builds a picture of life at the hospital: the development of new treatments and day-to-day patient care.
Professor Ghulam Mufti, Head of the Haematology at King’s, said, “Every year, we diagnose and treat hundreds of people with a range of blood cancers and disorders. To give every patient the very best chance of recovery, we provide specialist treatments including chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants and blood stem cell transplants. With the support of LIBRA, we continue to improve existing treatments and develop new ones. This is only possible through investment into research.
“The new vaccine we are working on for acute myeloid leukaemia, which is currently in development, is hugely exciting. It will be the first of its kind in the world, and a game-changer for patients with the condition. Although we are making fantastic progress, there is much more work yet to be done to help save the lives of patients with blood conditions. This is why fundraising is so vital.”
LIBRA, which raises money to help with the detection, treatment and cure of blood conditions, has raised over a million pounds since its inception. The LIBRA video is available at https://youtu.be/Io1hgHs99PA.
Andrew Lodge LIBRA Chairman commented, “We decided to produce the video as we wanted to show people what happens behind the scenes in the Haematology Department at King’s. Our supporters often ask how funds we raise are put to good use and we believe this is highlighted in the footage, thanks to the professors. Now people can see just how beneficial their support is when it comes to helping King’s battle blood cancers and blood disorders. We hope that people who watch our video will be inspired to support us in some way. Whether it’s helping to spread the word about us by sharing the video link, making a donation or taking part in a sponsored activity it will make a real difference.”
Trevor Jones from Woking in Surrey, a King’s patient, who features in the video commented, “It was a great experience to take part in the production. I was happy to share my story as I know there are many people who will watch it and relate to it in some way. Until I started having treatment at King’s for acute myeloid leukaemia, I wasn’t aware of the charity so hopefully this video will raise the profile of LIBRA as it is such a worthy cause. People need to understand that work is being done to save the lives of blood cancer patients – it provides hope.”