Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK pioneers life-saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Our ground breaking research into the prevention, control and treatment of cancer has seen survival rates double in the last 40 years. But we can’t stop there. Sadly it is still the case that more than 1 in 2 of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives, so it’s vital that we continue to fight this terrible disease.

We have a bold ambition to see 3 in 4 people surviving cancer in the next 20 years, but we can’t achieve this alone. With help from our supporters we’re focusing our efforts in four key areas – working to help prevent cancer, diagnose it earlier, develop new treatments and optimise current treatments by personalising them and making them even more effective. We are fighting for a world where no one’s life is cut short by cancer. And we can only do this with the support of people like you. Together we will beat cancer sooner.

Our achievements

Cancer Research UK

Research saves lives and our work is critical to ensuring more people beat this devastating disease. Here is just a selection of our achievements:

  • Last year, Cancer Research UK helped make a remarkable breakthrough in bowel cancer screening, with scientists showing that a new one-off screening test could prevent a third of bowel cancer cases and reduce bowel cancer death rates by 43% in those screened – this will equate to thousands of lives saved each year.

  • Our scientists and doctors have contributed to most of the world’s top cancer drugs, including temozolomide, carboplatin, tamoxifen and herceptin.

  • In the late 1960s around a quarter of children with cancer were cured of their disease. Today almost three-quarters are cured and our work has been key to this success.

Why donate through Payroll Giving?

Payroll Giving is a simple and tax efficient way to support us. The money comes straight from your salary every payday. Because it is taken out before tax, a £10 monthly donation would only cost you £8. And for higher taxpayers the benefits are even greater. Regular gifts of any size are so important to us as they mean we can plan ahead for our life-saving work.

Where will my money go?

For every pound we receive (excluding retail), an impressive 80 pence is available to spend on our work to beat cancer. The remainder is used to fund activities that generate further income.

We receive no government funding for our research – the life-saving work of our researchers, doctors and nurses depends upon your generosity and support. Please sign up for Payroll Giving today.

What the following monthly donations (over the course of a year) will allow us to fund/do:

£5 per month (£60 annually) £60 covers the cost of running a lung cancer trial for two days, aiming to find out if radiotherapy will pack more of a punch to cancer cells and stop the disease coming back after surgery, improving treatments for patients with lung cancer. Our pioneering researchers want to bring forward the day when notoriously difficult to treat cancers, like lung cancer, are overcome.
£7.50 per month (£90 annually) £100 covers the cost of giving one patient the Cytosponge test and analysing their results in the lab to diagnose early stages of oesophageal cancer. The Cytosponge is revolutionising early diagnosis for the notoriously difficult to detect oesophageal cancer by collecting cells from the gullet to look for tell-tale signs that a patient might develop the disease. Compared to an endoscopy which typically costs £400-£500 without the molecular testing of the sample in the lab, the Cytosponge is cheap and patient friendly and another example of our pioneering, groundbreaking research. This is just one example of equipment that’s helping our scientists to tackle early diagnosis.
£10 per month (£120 annually) £120 protects our superhero scientists from dangerous biohazards as they battle against cancer in our specialised laboratories. The Francis Crick Institute has state-of-the-art labs for studying biological hazards like viruses so that our scientists can research into new ways to kill cancer cells. This is just one example of equipment that’s helping our scientists at the Francis Crick Institute to carry out their lifesaving research.
£20 per month (£240 annually) £240 covers the cost of one day of a clinical trial aiming to find the best treatment for children with a rare type of leukaemia, whose cancer has come back after treatment. Our research has helped transform survival for children’s cancers – three quarters of children with cancer are now cured. But we need to do more. Clinical trials are vital to finding new treatments and working out the best dose of the drug that can be given to children safely – research which could give more children a brighter future.

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