Blood Cancer Awareness information videos

Research has revealed that almost two thirds of people caring for someone with cancer receive no support on how to carry out their carer role. Areas of training and support that would have helped them better prepare for their role include mental health, support groups for carers, advice on how to combine caring activities with managing their own life and household, nformation on diet and exercise, and how to get the most out of an appointment with a healthcare professional.

To address these gaps, our Make Blood Cancer Visible Blood Cancer Awareness campaign has launched a series of information videos to provide practical advice and support for people living with blood cancer and their carers.

Developed in conjunction with leading healthcare professionals and experts in the area of blood cancer care, the series addresses emotional wellbeing for carers and patients, diet and nutrition, and advice for carers.

Blood Cancer Awareness: Caring for someone with blood cancer

Anna Drynan Gale, Cancer Information Nurse, Irish Cancer Society explores ways in which life may change for the person caring for someone with blood cancer; how they can look after their own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing; and resources they can access to provide them with the support they need.

Blood Cancer Awareness: Advice on diet and nutrition for patients

Eleanor Sweeney, Senior Dietitian in Oncology & Haematology. Beaumont Hospital, Dublin provides advice on diet and nutrition for the person living with blood cancer including the types of foods they should eat or avoid; recommendations on supplements and multivitamins; information on reliable diet and nutrition resources people can access; and information for the carer on support they can provide to help the person with a healthy and nutritious diet.

Blood Cancer Awareness: The emotional journey for blood cancer patients from the medical perspective

Paul D’Alton, Head of Psycho-Oncology, St Vincent’s Hospital, explores the emotional journey for blood cancer patients from diagnosis through treatment; provides practical advice and techniques for people to look after their own mental health and stress levels during this time; and provides coping mechanisms for the people caring for a loved one with blood cancer.