Our role in beating cancer globally
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Cancer is a global problem that needs global solutions. By donating today, you can fund our life-saving research and help beat cancer sooner.
Who are we?
Cancer affects people all over the world. To beat it, we need to work together.
Cancer Research UK is the largest independent funder of cancer research in the world. We support the best scientists, doctors and nurses to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer across the world. And we rely entirely on donations to make it happen.
- We bring together the world's best scientists to tackle cancer.
- We partner with organisations in every part of the world.
- We develop cancer drugs and other treatments that are used world-wide.
- We provide cancer information verified by doctors, nurses and other experts.
- We fund research around the world, working across five continents
Since 1902 we’ve been funding cancer research through research institutes, centres and top universities including Oxford and Cambridge. Seven of our scientists have received Nobel Prizes for their research. Our discoveries have impacted people around the world, as we pioneered both radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Our 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses are working to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Our scientists pioneer early radiotherapy - a cornerstone treatment saving thousands of lives and alleviating suffering today.
Our researchers discover chemicals that lead to the development of chemotherapy drugs. They are used to treat some cancers today.
Our researchers lead the development of the drug temozolomide, which is used to treat the most common adult brain tumour.
The Francis Crick Institute opens. Discoveries here will lead to new ways to diagnose and treat cancer across the world.
We provide $87million of funding to four international teams to tackle the Grand Challenges in cancer research.
“Without cancer research, I wouldn’t be here – it saves lives. What Cancer Research UK does is allowing me to watch my children grow up. Thank you to everyone who supports them.”
- Amanda Adams.
What are we doing to tackle cancer globally?
Quantifying international differences in cancer survival
The International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership is an innovative collaboration aiming to understand why cancer patients survive longer in some countries than in others. This evidence will result in life changing learnings to improve patient outcomes.
Taking on the toughest challenges in cancer
Grand Challenge is the most ambitious cancer research grant in the world - a series of $25m awards seeking international, multi-disciplinary teams willing to take on the toughest challenges in cancer.
Tackling tobacco globally
We work with partners such as the American Cancer Society to help protect people in less developed countries from the threat of tobacco.
Collaborating in international trials
We make clinical trials possible for people with rare cancers by working across borders: research that could not happen without international collaboration.
Finding new ways to detect cancer early
We know that when cancer is detected earlier, it is easier to treat, and causes patients to suffer less and live longer. For these reasons we have made an ambitious commitment to invest and work with partners to build a global community of researchers in the field of early detection.