On Friday I met with Cancer Research UK scientists at the University of Liverpool to learn about the charity’s world class research and witnessed the ground-breaking scientific research being carried out by the scientists and doctors at the centre.
The vital research work they undertake could make a significant difference to the 37,000 people who are diagnosed with cancer in the North West every year.
The Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre brings together scientists, doctors and nurses in the area. They are using the latest research advances to improve treatment for cancer patients in Merseyside, Cheshire and across the UK.
The Centre is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS trust, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Liverpool, Liverpool City Council and the Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network.
Liverpool is host to many world-class researchers, who are working to understand cancer and find new ways to treat the disease. This includes research to improve and refine surgery and develop new treatments.
An important focus of the Centre is tackling cancer in low income communities. The Centre’s staff work with local people to raise awareness of symptoms and highlight ways they can reduce their risk of the disease.
Cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled in the last forty years and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend more than £24 million in the North West last year on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.