Blood cancer research grant awarded to Salisbury District Hospital

A £1.3m grant has been awarded to Salisbury District Hospital and the University of Southampton to improve treatments for blood cancer patients.

Charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research is funding the five-year project researching the blood disorders myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN).

They cause a breakdown in normal blood cell production and create too many cells, which thickens the blood.

In a high number of cases this can progress to full-blown leukaemia.

About 3,300 people are diagnosed with MPN in the UK every year, and most people who develop it are aged 50 and over.

Technology being used in the research includes DNA sequencing which will enable the study of genetic changes that occur within cells that lead to leukaemia.

Using this information, scientists can develop new drugs targeted at specific molecular faults to seek out and destroy MPN cells in the blood.

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