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Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years

Milton Keynes charity co-hosts UK Brain Tumour Symposium 2017

Milton Keynes charity co-hosts UK Brain Tumour Symposium 2017

A pioneering, national charity based in Milton Keynes co-hosted the UK Brain Tumour Symposium at Kents Hill Park Training & Conference Centre on Thursday, 12th October.

Shenley Wood-based, Brain Tumour Research and brainstrust, which supports people living with a brain tumour throughout the UK, invited members of the brain tumour community, including supporters, patients and their families to the Symposium.

Delegates were able to hear about advances being made in the world of brain tumour research and support from leading experts brought together to show the progress that is being made on many fronts to improve outcomes for people living with a brain tumour.

Director of Research at Brain Tumour Research, Dr Kieran Breen, delivered an informative speech, updating the delegates on innovative brain tumour treatments from around the world, while Consultant Neurologist, Dr Robin Grant from the Edinburgh Cancer Centre focused his talk on the top 10 priorities for research.

Founder and Director of Services at brainstrust, Helen Bulbeck, spoke eloquently about living well with a brain tumour, improving quality of life and supportive care, while Head of Public Affairs at Brain Tumour Research, Carrie Hume, demonstrated how the charity is working with Parliamentarians to influence cancer policy at the highest levels as it campaigns to increase national investment for research into brain tumours.

Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Research, Sue Farrington Smith said: “The event, which is planned to be held annually, proved to be very popular with high demand for places, sadly meaning we were unable to invite everybody who wanted to come.

“Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone, at any age, at any time. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

“The Brain Tumour Symposium was a great opportunity for members of the brain tumour community to meet together and swap stories, as well as hear developments in research, treatments and support initiatives from leading scientists, clinicians and charity representatives. We also appealed to supporters to help with our campaigning initiatives to influence an increase in the national spend on research into brain tumours to £30-£35 million a year, in line with breast cancer and leukaemia.”

 

For further information, please contact:
Liz Fussey at Brain Tumour Research on 07811 068357 or Liz@braintumourresearch.org

 

Notes to Editors

Brain Tumour Research is 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.

We are campaigning to see the national spend on research into brain tumours increased to £30 - £35 million a year, in line with breast cancer and leukaemia. The charity is celebrating a year of high-profile campaigning on this issue following the unprecedented success of its petition in 2016. Following that, Brain Tumour Research is now taking a leading role in the Government’s Task and Finish Working Group convened to tackle the historic underfunding for research.

Key statistics on brain tumours:

  • Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer
  • They kill more children than leukaemia
  • They kill more men under 45 than prostate cancer
  • They kill more women under 35 than breast cancer
  • Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease
  • In the UK 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
  • Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone, at any age
  • Incidences of, and deaths from, brain tumours are increasing.

Please quote Brain Tumour Research as the source when using this information. Additional facts and statistics are available from our website including our latest Report on National Research Funding. We can also provide case-studies and research expertise for media.

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