Research into children's cancers
Last year we spent nearly £8 million on research into children’s cancer. This money supports our doctors and scientists who are finding out what causes cancer in children and searching for better ways to diagnose and treat the disease.
Our research has helped to transform survival rates for children with cancer. In the 1960s, around a quarter of children with cancer survived. Today, three quarters survive and Cancer Research UK is at the heart of this huge progress.
In 2013 we launched a new clinical trial to improve the outlook for children with neuroblastoma, led by Professor Andrew Pearson from the Royal Marsden in London. They are setting out to determine the best combination of chemotherapy drugs for children with neuroblastoma that’s come back, and whether combining this with targeted treatments makes it more effective.
Find out more about the trial.
Our scientists are tackling childhood cancer across the UK. Professor Josef Vormoor in Newcastle is investigating the rogue cells that fuel acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer. ALL sometimes come back after treatment, and Professor Vormoor’s work is sparking ideas for new
ways to tackle this problem.
Over the years we have made huge progress against children's cancer.
Children’s Cancer Trials Team
Clinical trials are vital for developing new treatments for children with cancer. Our Children’s Cancer Trials Team in Birmingham is the only one of its kind in the UK and coordinates groundbreaking trials in 21 centres across the UK and Ireland.
Many of the world's most successful trials of children's cancer treatments have been funded by Cancer Research UK. These trials make innovative new treatments available to children with cancer, giving them the chance to benefit from the latest discoveries.
Cancer Research UK Centres
Our network of Cancer Research UK centres is improving the care of children with cancer across the UK. Three of our centres in Birmingham, Liverpool and Newcastle, are focusing on children’s cancers to help save even more lives.
- Trials regulation hindering childhood cancer progress
- Overly complex EU regulations are hampering progress on cancer survival rates in children, say leading researchers....
- 20 Feb 2013
- Boost in childhood cancer survival rates 'due to clinical trials'
- The recent increase in survival for children with cancer is due to more patients taking part in clinical trials, accordi...
- 18 Jul 2012
- Scientists hail largest-ever release of childhood cancer genome data
- The largest-ever release of childhood cancer genome data has been announced by US researchers....
- 29 May 2012
- Significant step forward in childhood eye cancer
- Researchers at a children's hospital in Washington have identified the genetic mechanism behind the rapid development of...
- 11 Jan 2012
- Chemo and radiation therapy 'do not cause birth defects'
- A study in the US has found that having radiation treatment or chemotherapy for cancer as a child does not increase the...
- 13 Dec 2011
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