Here at Brain Tumour Research, we publish pioneering reports revealing the true statistics surrounding brain tumours in the UK.


Many of the facts, numbers and percentages in wide use today by many parties, including other charities and offcial bodies, were first collated and publicised by us.

In October 2016, we published the latest in a serious of new landmark National Research Funding Reports: Addressing the historic underfunding of brain tumour research

Every two hours, someone is diagnosed with a brain tumour in England. Our report reveals a shocking 'postcode lottery' of diagnosis around the country, with the North East and South East both witnessing a 40% rise in brain tumour cases between 2011 and 2014, closely followed by London at 35%.

Our report describes the stark inequalities in cancer research funding, which correlate tragically to poor survival rates for brain tumour patients. Fewer than 20% of brain tumour patients survive beyond five years of their diagnosis, whereas 86% of breast cancer and 51% of leukaemia patients survive beyond five years.

The low survival rate for brain tumour sufferers is largely attributable to these inequalities in research funding. For every leukaemia death, £8,759 is spent on research, compared with only £1,858 on brain tumour research.

The burden of increasing funds for research has fallen heavily on the third sector. In 2015, charities funded 86% of the national research into brain tumours. Our new report reveals - for the first time - that the Government spend on brain tumour research represented just 0.52% of its total spend on cancer research in 2015. 

Read our full report online, or download it as a PDF here

Previous Reports

On the 1st of July 2014, we published a Report Update on National Research Funding, a companion volume to our 2013 report (see below). This update presents stark new facts about brain tumours.
In July 2013, we published a ground-breaking report on the state of ‘National Research Funding for Brain Tumours’.
At the time, this was the most comprehensive analysis ever published by a national brain tumour charity and was picked up by national and regional media as a major news story.

Before that, our report in March 2013, titled ‘Brain Tumour Research - Funding Flows’, developed in partnership with New Philanthropy Capitol, revealed new insights into the chronic lack of funding coupled with an alarming increase in brain tumour mortality rates.

Our first revelatory report was published in July 2009. Titled ‘The Inequality of Funding’, it was the first of its kind to reveal some of the hard facts surrounding brain tumours.

Our mission is to raise £7 million a year to fund world-class sustainable and continuous scientific research into all types of brain tumours in seven Centres of Excellence across the UK. Our centres will work together sharing knowledge locally, nationally and internationally to find a cure for brain tumours whilst educating the next generation of leading neuro-oncologists.

Can you help us achieve our mission? Please call 01908 867200 or email for more information or discuss how you'd like to get involved. Thank you.

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