Latest statistics show that one in every two of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in our lifetimes. Cancer is most prevalent in the over 60s, and as we are an ageing population, we can expect an even greater number of people to be diagnosed in the future.
One of Cancer Focus NI’s main aims is to support world-class, cutting-edge research into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer. Many cancers previously thought to be incurable are now being treated successfully as a result of important work in this field.
Research will benefit future generations but it can also help cancer patients here and now. We fund translational cancer research at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) in Queen’s University Belfast. This applies findings from the laboratory directly into a working clinic environment – finding practical applications of the research undertaken. We also fund psychosocial studies that looks at patients’ experience of the cancer journey and how it can be improved.
We are also supporting a Queen’s University crowdfunder that aims to raise money for small scale pilot projects into breast, colorectal, lung and blood cancers. Researcher Dr Kienan Savage (pictured above), whose breast cancer team is funded by us, is one of the academics involved.
If you’d like to make a donation go to Researchfunderni.com.