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Brain tumours and cancer

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Brain tumours and cancer

Every year in the UK, around 400 children are diagnosed with brain cancer.

Many face prolonged and gruelling treatment with surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. While treatment can prove life-saving, it can also cause serious, long-term side effects.

Sadly, around one in every four children diagnosed with a brain tumour lose their lives within five years, making brain tumours the most deadly of all childhood cancers.

We are funding research to try and improve the chances and treatment for children with brain tumours and cancer. Below are some of the current research projects we're funding into brain tumours.

Brain cancer

Identifying the best treatment for each child

We’re currently funding the work of Professor Andrew Peet and his team at the University of Birmingham. Children with brain cancer have MRI scans routinely when they are first diagnosed. Professor Peet aims to use vital information from these scans to better predict how aggressive each child’s cancer is likely to be, much sooner and with greater accuracy.

Craniopharyngiomas

Developing new drug treatments for children

Unfortunately, current treatment for these tumours is not always effective and they often regrow following surgery and radiotherapy. Dr Carles Gaston-Massuet, of Barts and The London School of Medicine, has been working to try and identify new drug treatments for children with these devastating tumours, in the hope of improving their quality of life.