For everyone touched by cancer, every moment counts.
Our Annual Review 2013/14 is packed with highlights of our work across the UK and the inspiring stories of people who have benefited from it.
‘I’m training for an Iron Man to raise money for Cancer Research UK and every Friday at 6am I swim in my local reservoir.
My mum died of lung cancer two years ago – 10 days after it was diagnosed. No matter how much my muscles ache or I’m struggling for breath, it’s never going to be as bad as what she went through.’
Our scientists are working to revolutionise the way we treat lung cancer. We’re investing in TRACERx , a study investigating how the disease changes over time that will help develop more personalised treatment.
‘When Aria was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 18 months old, time froze and our world fell away,’ says mum Zobia Zaman.
‘The treatment is often long, and the side effects are horrible. So the research that Cancer Research UK is funding is very important. Aria is now eight – she’s enjoying doing the same things as other girls her age. It's as if she's woken up and is finally getting to enjoy the world around her.’
‘Life stopped when I was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer six years ago. The news was devastating – I couldn’t see past the next few months. It was strange to attend the same chemotherapy unit I worked in, but I felt safe and my colleagues worked so hard to keep me alive.
I was amazed how treatment has changed – they’ve found that giving chemotherapy to shrink the tumour before surgery is really helpful. When I started nursing, there wasn’t any chemotherapy to give.
After having cancer I want to make the most of life and enjoy the little things’
We’re focusing on oesophageal cancer as part of our new research strategy, finding new ways to tackle the disease and save more lives.
One day we will beat cancer – through research and with your help we can make it sooner.