Thanks to you – our year 2017/18
Cancer Research UK is the world's largest cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured, from the most common types to those that affect just a few people.
In our Annual Review, we share some of the ways our life-saving work is helping more people survive cancer than ever before.
Thanks to you we're beating cancer
Your support helps us to fund life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer. Without you, none of this would be possible – thank you.
Our Annual Review 2017/18 is packed with highlights of our work across the UK and the inspiring stories of people who have benefited from it. Read on to discover some of the ways your support is making a difference.
Highlights from our Annual Review 2017/18
Helping the NHS weather the storm
It’s a difficult time for the NHS, thanks to a perfect storm of increasing patient numbers, straitened financial times, and staff shortages. Find out how Cancer Research UK is standing shoulder to shoulder with the NHS, working on a range of fronts to try to help relieve the pressure faced by its dedicated staff.
Tailoring cervical screening in vaccinated women
It’s a decade since girls were first offered the HPV vaccine, which prevents cervical cancer. As this cohort of young women begin to be invited for cervical screening, the NHS programmes will need to adapt. Find out how Professor Peter Sasieni’s research suggests that vaccinated women might only need to be screened three times in their lifetimes.
Developing a breath test to detect cancer
To spot cancer earlier we need new devices, new technology and new ways of thinking. This year, we announced a collaboration between researchers at our Cambridge Institute, led by Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald, and the manufacturers of a cancer ‘breath test’.
Discovering better treatments for children with brain tumours
Five-year-old Jasper is recovering from intensive treatment for a brain tumour. This year we opened a Children’s Brain Tumour Centre of Excellence, based at the University of Cambridge and The Institute of Cancer Research in London, to bring together world-leading experts to discover and develop new treatments to tackle brain tumours in children.
Developing an ‘intelligent knife’ for cancer surgery
We’re helping surgeons in London test out a pioneering new ‘intelligent’ knife, or iKnife, which can tell what type of tissue it’s cutting through. It’s a first-of-its kind trial, and the first step to making cancer surgery more accurate and more effective.