Together we will beat cancer


Here are our policy highlights from 2015. Credit: Flickr/CC BY 2.0

It’s been a busy year for us here at Cancer Research UK. We launched a brand new strategy that sets out our vision for the next few years, building on our work in 2014.

So here are just a handful of our biggest achievements from this year, focusing on our groundbreaking research and the key moments in our policy and campaigning work.

None of this would be possible without our amazing supporters. So we want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you, and wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy 2015.


Child and nurse

Our LuDO trial is testing a new type of radiotherapy for children with advanced neuroblastoma



Watch an animation about EBV on YouTube

Watch an animation about EBV on YouTube


Watch an animation outlining our new strategy on YoutTube

Watch an animation outlining our new strategy on YouTube


  • A protein called Fascin emerged as a potential key player in how pancreatic cancer develops and spreads. The researchers believe their findings could lead to new ways to treat pancreatic cancer in the future.
  • Our scientists discovered a protein that acts as a molecular ‘brake’ and stops potentially cancer-causing DNA damage in cells.
  • Following a crucial vote in the European Parliament in February, new EU rules set game-changing standards for protecting people from tobacco harm.


Round melanoma cells (red)

Round melanoma cells (red)



Radiotherapy cures more patients than cancer drugs

We’re investing in new trials looking at an advanced form of radiotherapy



Watch a video about the research on YouTube

Follow the chemical ‘breadcrumb trail’ on YouTube



  • Personal data in research saves lives, yet the value of this data – and patients’ willingness to share it – is getting lost in discussions on the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation. Together with several organisations in Europe and the UK we launched a campaign to highlight the importance of personal data in research and what Europe stands to lose if its use is limited.
  • Our scientists discovered that cancer cells use a particular set of molecular signals to help untangle their DNA before dividing. Identifying these signals offers a potential new weakness that could help kill the cancer cells.
  • And finally, in an innovative approach combining imaging and genetic data, our researchers in Cambridge showed that an aggressive form of ovarian cancer could be driven by the cells having low levels of an important protein called PTEN.

Once again we want to thank each and every one of you for your amazing support. And to stay up to date, you can subscribe to this blog, either via its RSS feed, or by typing your email address into the box in the right hand column.

Aine McCarthy, science communications officer and Catherine Castledine, public affairs manager 

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Aine McCarthy January 5, 2015

Hi Angela,

We’re very sorry to hear about your husband.

Since 2001 there has been a big improvement in how we treat mesothelioma. Our scientists were involved in a practice-changing study which showed how a new drug combination increases survival of mesothelioma patients by up to six months, sometimes longer. This drug combination is now the standard treatment for this disease. But, we know that more needs to be done to improve survival rates, which is why we are continuing to fund research into mesothelioma.

Best Wishes,
Áine, Cancer Research UK

Aine McCarthy January 5, 2015

Hi Neville,
We have a question and answer section on the patient information section of our website where you can find up to date information about different types of cancers and the latest cancer treatments. You can also give our Cancer Information nurses a ring on freephone 0808 800 4040 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday) or send them an email through this form.

Best Wishes,
Áine, Cancer Research UK

Aine McCarthy January 5, 2015

Hi Jenny,
It’s great news that you are interested in organising a fundraising event for us – thank you. You can find lots of different fundraising ideas on our website along with practical tips to help you organise and run the event.

Best Wishes,
Áine, Cancer Research UK

Neville forrest January 3, 2015

Please consider a question / answer section on your page where readers can ask for latest information on the latest cancer treatments for cancers affecting their loved ones

A Colling January 3, 2015

I am heartened by your account of the year; and so am motivated to go on donating – albeit modestly.

Roman Kirsch January 3, 2015

I am really very sad when hearing again and again about another and another victim of cancer-monster in my neighbourhood. I have financially supported the British Cancer Research for many years now (since 2006), from 2007 also from Norway where I have been living since that year. Nevertheless I do not believe that it is possible to win over the cancer and get some universal medicine and treatment to beat it definitely (before I die). Sorry!

Marie Turke January 3, 2015

To all the brilliant researchers, scientists and supporting staff that are working to find better treatments and to understand cancer better I applaud you all…

Angela Brett January 2, 2015

My husband died of mesothelioma in 2001, can you tell me if there has been any progress in research into possible cures for this disease. Thank you. Angela Brett

Peter Davey January 2, 2015

Progress is being made it may be to late for my generation but not for the next

jenny priddle January 2, 2015

I want to do some fund raising. I give each month but needs ideas to raise money for you

John Lewis January 2, 2015

Well done . That is an excellent web site
It will make me reach for my cheque book