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Media Centre

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer

Thank you for visiting our Media Centre. Here you can find key resources for the media, including our latest press releases, facts about brain tumours as well as contact details for our key spokespersons for the media.

We can facilitate interviews with patients, fundraisers, clinicians and researchers, as well as providing latest information about brain tumours, updates about research and expert comment about therapeutic approaches, initiatives and discoveries.

We are connected to some of the world’s leading neuro-oncologists and along with our in-house expertise, can offer expert comment on all aspects of brain tumour research. We are also a leading and authoritative voice on fundraising and policy in the field of brain tumour research.


About Brain Tumour Research

We are the only national charity in the UK focused on funding sustainable research to find a cure for brain tumours. We are building a game-changing network of world-class Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. Embracing passionate member charities nationwide, £5.5 million was raised towards research and support during 2016.

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Contact our press office

For national media enquiries, please contact Hugh Adams on 07809 701229/

For regional PR enquiries, please contact:

Susan Castle-Smith, Regional PR Manager on 07887 241639/ or Liz Fussey, Regional PR Manager on 07811 068357/

Any non-media enquiries should get in touch with us by selecting one of the options on our main Contact Us page

Press releases

Our press releases can be found here.


Patient Stories

We maintain close and personal connections to a wide variety of patients, carers, friends and families, all affected by brain tumours in one way or another. We regularly provide case studies to the media; brave individuals sharing their story to give hope to others. For our full range of patient stories, follow this link

Please contact our press office if you would like more information about any specific individuals or patient stories.


Information and statistics about brain tumours

Please see below for key statistics about brain tumours and explanations of the various types, symptoms and treatments 

Authoritative statistics

We are the leading voice in the UK for communicating the trends surrounding brain tumours

  • Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer
  • Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease
  • Approximately 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour
  • Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers
  • Unlike most other cancers, incidences of and deaths from brain tumours are rising

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Please quote Brain Tumour Research as the source for these statistics.

Types of brain tumour

There are over 120 different types of brain tumour. Most commonly, brain tumours develop from cells that support the nerve cells of the brain. Read more about the types of brain tumour.

Symptoms of a brain tumour

Brain tumours can present themselves with a whole variety of symptoms, depending upon which part of the brain is affected. Read more about brain tumour symptoms. 

Treatments for a brain tumour

The main treatments for brain tumours are surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, steroids and anti-seizure medication. Read more about treatments for a brain tumour.

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We are experts on the brain tumour charity sector, as well as research, fundraising, politics and current affairs relating to brain tumours. We are available for radio and television interviews at short notice and can provide authoritative comment and content for the media on all aspects of this disease. 

Sue Farrington Smith MBE – Chief Executive
Sue Farrington Smith on the Today Show

Hugh Adams – Head of PR and Media Engagement
Hugh Adams interviewed on BBC News 24

Dr Kieran Breen – Director of Research
Dr Kieran Breen on BBC Radio 4

Robin Meltzer – Director of Fundraising
Robin Meltzer on BBC Three Counties Radio

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