• Kirsten

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

My constituent Olivia, who is 13, was diagnosed last year with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. I've heard all about what a fantastic young woman she is, and I know she's ploughing through her treatment, supported by her family and the lovely NHS teams.


What Olivia and her family have wondered though, is why is there such a dearth of research into childhood cancers. The treatments used tend to be the same ones developed several decades ago for adults. With children being diagnosed every day with cancer, we need to see a step change in the development of new and improved treatments. For that, research is the key.


Today, I asked at Business Questions what the UK Government will be doing to deliver that, and how they will ensure support is provided to Children's Cancer Charities whose vital work in the area of research and development may be hampered because they are so hard hit by the consequences of Covid.


I will keep asking about this, and in the meantime, I know you will all join me in sending all our best wishes to Olivia and her family.