10,000 steps a day – day 9 – why am I doing this?

I was diagnosed with a particularly nasty form of lymphoma in August 2014. Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) is treatable, but is not (yet) considered curable. Cancer Research UK’s website paints a tough picture for those of us who have it.

NHL one and five year survival ratesSource: Cancer Research UK, http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/non-hodgkin-lymphoma/survival#heading-Zero, Accessed September 2016.

However, the good news is that progress towards better treatments for MCL is being made. Recent advances in drugs that directly target and kill the cancerous cells, like Ibrutinib, are showing promising results. This, and similar drugs, may even prove to be effective for people who haven’t yet had chemotherapy. The future looks a lot more optimistic that it did five years ago when these statistics were published.

I’m taking part in this challenge because every pound raised helps newer, kinder and more effective treatments for all cancers – not just MCL – to be developed. I know how harsh some current treatments can be, so I’m particularly keen on the idea of kinder treatments! I’m also taking part because, despite the diagnosis, I’ve been lucky so far. I’m still perfectly capable of walking 10,000 steps a day, but other cancer sufferers aren’t so fortunate.

 

If you’d like to sponsor me to walk all over cancer during September, my donations page is here. Thank you!

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