Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We are fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. We are entirely funded by the public. With your help, we can ensure more people beat cancer.

Survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years, now 2 in 4 people survive cancer. CRUK aims to get 3 out of 4 people surviving cancer by 2034

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Last year, Cancer Research UK spent around £22million in Manchester on some of the UK’s highest quality scientific and clinical research. In fact, Manchester is one of CRUK’s major hubs of research.

Communication between cancer cells and the cells that surround them is crucial for tumour growth, so CRUK’s researchers in Manchester are looking at how cancer cells talk to one another. Interrupting these complicated molecular conversations could provide new avenues for cancer treatment.

Key research taking place in Manchester includes using ‘liquid biopsies’ to personalise lung cancer treatment, finding new drug targets to  treat skin cancer and developing drugs to tackle leukaemia stem cells.

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Thanks to your support, more than 650 researchers in Oxford are working hard to make cancer treatments kinder and more effective for patients.

We spent over £25 million last year on research in Oxford, bringing together teams from the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust and over 25 University of Oxford Departments to beat cancer sooner.

Our researchers in Oxford are focusing on a wide range of cancers, including oesophageal, bowel, pancreatic, and blood cancers, with particular expertise in drug development, computing, radiotherapy, surgery and imaging.

Together with the Medical Research Council, we fund one of the world’s largest centres of research into radiotherapy and biology – the Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology

The Oxford Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre is part of our national network, running early-stage clinical trials of new treatments and tests for cancer and helping to bring forward new approaches for patients


Cancer Research UK spent over £49 million last year in Cambridge on some of the UK’s best scientific and clinical research. In fact, Cambridge is one of CRUK’s major hubs for research. The CRUK wonder team there are ready, able and equipped to take on cancer and help more people beat the disease.

The scientists at the CRUK Cambridge Centre played a starring role in the discovery and understanding of BRCA1 and BRCA2 – genes which, when faulty, increase the risk of women developing breast and ovarian cancer. Thanks to this discovery doctors are now able to screen for these genes in families with a strong history of the disease, helping more women make informed decisions about prevention and screening.

The CRUK scientists in Cambridge are experts in bioinformatics – unravelling biology using powerful computers. They are currently working to decipher the genetic makeup of tumours from 500 different patients in order to understand what makes oesophageal cancer tick.

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