All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours - July 2016
 

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours and members of the brain tumour community met in the heart of Parliament on July 13th, reviewing the landmark success of this year’s Petitions Committee inquiry into brain tumour research funding.
 

As part of this, they discussed how the new Government can take forward their recommendations in the year ahead.
 

Chair of the APPG on Brain Tumours, Rebecca Harris MP, remarked: “The last year has seen the profile of brain tumours raised in response to the absolutely stunning petition into brain tumour research which attracted over 120,000 public signatures and secured a fantastic debate in Westminster Hall.”
 

Read our full write-up over on our blog. 



Summer 2016 Believe Magazine now available

The newest edition of Believe - our news magazine for brain tumour activists - is now available! Check it out, along with our past issues, here!

 

It's packed with great stories, including landmark campaigning success, marvelous fundraising achievements and exciting research updates! Read all of this and more online here.
 

If you do not receive our mailings and would like us to send you a copy (or even a box to distribute!) please contact us. If you would like your story featured in a future issue of Believe, please contact Natasha with your story. 

 



Liquid aspirin breakthrough for brain tumour research 
 

ground-breaking scientific breakthrough from our University of Portsmouth Research Centre of Excellence has been unveiled today in the form of liquid aspirin.

Early tests show liquid aspirin is ten times more effective than any existing chemotherapy at killing brain cancer cells -- read more over on the Daily Mail
 

You can read our full press release on our blog



Do mobile phones cause brain tumours? 


Mobile and cordless phones emit a form of microwave energy known as radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (REF). The media is full of alarming news stories about possible links between mobile phones and cancer. This is a controversial subject and, despite a number of scientific studies, the results have been contradictory making it a hard to draw a conclusion.


Our Director of Research, Kieran Breen, provides an up-to-date report on this situation over on our blog.



WHO publishes new guidelines on brain tumour classification
 

In May 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published new official guidelines for the classification of brain tumours. Last published in 2007, this update now includes genetic and molecular information of tumours combined with their histology (the way tumours are examined under a microscope) into the classification process, which will help refine expert diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours.
 

The updated guidelines are a positive step forward for scientific research into and clinical treatment of brain tumours. Find out more about these reclassifcations over on our blog. 




It's Me
 

We share the personal stories behind the devastating statistics as patients, parents and loved ones detail their brain tumour experiences. 


Virgin London Marathon 2017 

 

The ballot for entry into the Virgin London Marathon has now closed, but that does not mean you have missed your chance to compete in one of the most iconic races in the world. We have charity places available!

To register your interest in being a part of our team for 2017, contact us at run4@braintumourresearch.org.  


Now is your opportunity to help us get closer to a cure for brain tumours.

All runners joining our team will receive: 
  • Customised runner vest with name of your choice
  • Fundraising help (Assistance in setting up your online fundraising page and general tips along the way)
  • Facebook Support Group
  • Post Marathon Reception

We can't wait to hear from you!

 

Fancy a different challenge?
 

Visit our new Calendar of Events page and take your pick from our list of exciting opportunities to help get closer to a cure in 2016! 

 


UK Government acknowledges more must be done

for brain tumour patients


The UK Government has formally acknowledged that more needs to be done for brain tumour patients and their families.
 

Health Minister George Freeman MP announced a package of measures at a Westminster Hall debate on Monday 18th April which was prompted by an e-petition launched by the family of Stephen Realf, lost to a brain tumour at the age of 26, and backed by Brain Tumour Research.
 

Our Chief Executive, Sue Farrington Smith, who lost her niece Alison Phelan to a brain tumour just before her eighth birthday, said: "I am immensely proud that, with the support of thousands of patients, families and activists, the woeful underfunding of this dreadful disease has now been acknowledged. Finally, our voices have been heard and the work of the past 15 years has not been in vain.
 

The Government will:

  • Set up a “Task and Finish” working group at the Department of Health looking at areas highlighted by the Petitions Committee report.
  • Request the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) produce a national register within a year to examine how public funds are spent on research.
  • Seek to improve levels of earlier diagnosis and include brain cancer in the Genomics England programme.
     

Read our full press release here

 

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The iKnife: A new era for the treatment of brain tumours
 

In its first patient trial, run by the scientists at the forefront of our Research Centre of Excellence at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, the iKnife has successfully proven its ability to accurately identify brain tumour tissue. This offers real-time analysis and therefore, immediate treatment options. The whole process takes a couple of seconds and is entirely non-invasive. 

 

"Advances in brain tumour surgery such as this are very exciting and gives hope to the thousands of patients and their families diagnosed with a brain tumour each year.

 

"We are proud to be partnered with Kevin O’Neill and his pioneering team who are leading our Brain Tumour Research Centre at Imperial College. Our mission is to build a network of experts in the field of brain tumour research to improve outcomes for patients and ultimately find a cure. This technique and forthcoming trial will bring us a huge step forward in achieving our aims." Brain Tumour Research Chief Executive, Sue Farrington Smith.

 

Read more about the iKnife trial and advancements here.

 





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