Involvement in our work, with people affected by cancer

Many of you are passionate about the work you do with us and want to share your story. You've also helped us with lots of projects in our charity that has had a positive impact on our work. Here, we find out what motivated you, what you've done to support us and how you found your experience of getting involved with Cancer Research UK.

Meet Yo

Yo greene

Yo supports our work as one of Cancer Research UK's (CRUK's) content reviewers for our health information webpages. She uses her marketing and communications skills, as well as her experience of cancer, to help improve our patient information. 

Celebrating 5 years of working together

Network members

This year marks 5 years since our network was established in its current form. It’s been an amazing 5 years, and we’re so proud of all the work we’ve done together. It’s fantastic to look back at what the involvement network has achieved over the last 5 years, and to think what we can achieve together in the next 5.

Meet our Online Cancer Insights Panel

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Meet some of our amazing Online Cancer Insights Panel members. From an Egyptologist to a retired civil engineer, they have each been affected by cancer in some way. Here, they tell us how  they've found their time on the panel.

Graeme's story

Graeme and his kids

Find out why music loving Scot Graeme joined the Cancer Insights Panel and what difference he thinks it's making to him and our work.  

Meet Arshiya


Arshiya tell us why being involved in our work as a Cancer Insights Panel member helps her feel like she's continuing to fight back against cancer in her mom's name. 

Meet Kuheli


 "My intention in joining CRUK is to serve people who are in any way affected by cancer.” Find out how Kuheli gets involved to make a difference. 

Meet Ally

Ally with his family

Find out how former firefighter Ally shares his experiences of cancer to help us save lives. 

Testing our style guide with the people using our content

People affected by cancer share their thoughts

The way we communicate as a charity is hugely important, especially about topics like death and dying, cancer symptoms and curing cancer. Find out how we used insight from people affected by cancer to help shape the language we use.  

Meet Denise

Denise at Christmas

Denise was diagnosed at Christmas in 2015. Now she raises awareness of cancer and its impact  as a media volunteer to help us raise funds for our research. 

Meet David

david walking

David reviews our draft web pages on the causes of cancer to help make sure they are clear and useful for those that need them.  

Meet Natasha

Natasha is influencing the future for people facing cancer. Her hope is that more young people will help make a change to the cancer conversation.

Shaping Our Fundraising Training

We asked people affected by cancer to share their experiences of talking to street fundraisers.  Their views have helped shape our new training module for fundraising staff.

Meet Alfred

Alfred started treatment for advanced prostate cancer seven years ago and currently his cancer is being managed extremely well. Find out how he’s making a difference as a member of our Cancer Insights Panel.

Meet Geetika

Geetika is passionate about representing other Asian women who have been affected by cancer in her position as a Cancer Insight Panel member.

Meet Salena

Salena is a busy working mum of three. She lost her husband Tony to cancer in 2016 and is now making a difference to the future of research in his name, as a member of our Cancer Insights Panel.

Your Cancer Treatment Record

Find out how people affected by cancer shaped the development of the new 'Your Cancer treatment Record'.

Meet Margaret

Patient involvement icon Margaret Grayson MBE shares her vision of the future role of the patient and carer voice in research.

Meet Natalia

Aged 20, Natalia was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Now, she's a patient rep on a project she’s passionate about. Find out why she feels her cancer experience can have an impact on how this research is conducted.

Ways to get involved