You may remember that I spoke at the inaugural All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Blood Cancer earlier in the year. I’m delighted to say that the first inquiry undertaken by the APPG, will look at all aspects of blood cancer, including awareness, diagnosis, patient experience, commissioning of services and clinical research.

The inquiry has a wide remit and will be summarising findings and recommendations in a report to be published later this year.

This report will provide an important overview of the blood cancer landscape and will raise a range of issues which the APPG will explore in more detail in the months and years ahead.

As part of this inquiry, the APPG will be holding oral evidence sessions and inviting written evidence from stakeholders including patients and carers. Submissions can be made via an online form, by email or through the post by 27th April.

Henry Smith MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer said: “Blood cancer is the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, and the fifth most common cancer overall, yet awareness among the general public and policy audiences is still low. We need to make sure that NHS provision meets the needs of all cancer patients, especially in areas such as blood cancer where the patient journey differs from the majority of solid tumour cancers.

We have a deliberately wide remit for this inquiry, the first of the APPG on Blood Cancer – this inquiry and subsequent report will provide a valuable overview of the blood cancer landscape, and I’m sure it will raise several issues that the APPG will want to explore in more detail in future inquiries.

PLEASE engage with this process, I hope that the APPG will provide an incredibly powerful force in ensuring blood cancer patients are not forgotten about or left behind. It is imperative that patients support the process and the people behind it.

Please click here for more information on the group, or follow them on Twitter: @APPGBloodCancer.

Thanks, Kris

Henry Smith MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer

Henry Smith MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer