Our Year 2019/20
Together we're...saving lives
Last year, before COVID-19, we made incredible progress in beating cancer. We worked with scientists, the Government, people affected by cancer and many more to help us pioneer new ways to prevent cancer, detect the disease sooner, develop new treatments and improve existing ones.
Looking forward there is a lot that is uncertain beyond COVID-19. But we’re absolutely determined to continue our life-saving research thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
Our 2019/20 highlights…
HPV vaccine available for all children
Thanks to campaigning from us and others, the HPV vaccine is now offered to all children aged 11-13 in the UK, meaning more cancers should be prevented in future.
Better bowel screening
Our campaigning helped a new, more sensitive and easier to use, bowel screening kit called FIT to be rolled out in England and Wales. This could help more people be diagnosed earlier when treatment is more likely to work.
Unlocking lung cancer’s secrets
Early results from our £14m TRACERx project show it’s possible to predict if the disease will return up to a year before a tumour shows up on scans. This could help doctors stay one step ahead of the disease and help more people survive.
Better treatments for brain tumours
Alongside the Brain Tumour Charity, we awarded £18m to fund three projects, including a group in Cambridge. They aim to completely rethink children’s brain tumour research with the hope to find new treatments and improve survival.
Boosting the benefits of radiotherapy
We launched our Radiotherapy Research Network (RadNet), an initiative which brought together seven centres of excellence from around the UK to tackle the major challenges in radiotherapy. This could result in fewer side effects and hospital trips for patients.
Improving breast cancer screening
We’re partnering with Google Health and Imperial College London to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can accurately identify breast cancer in mammograms, helping ease pressure on the NHS and overcome staff shortages and make breast screening more efficient and effective.