At The Brain Tumour Charity, we believe that no one should have to live with a brain tumour or lose a loved one to a brain tumour. Advances in both treatments and quality of life care need to be made – and they need to be made quickly.
That's why in 2015, we launched our ambitious strategy, Defeating Brain Tumours: Our Strategy 2015-2020, to define our priorities as we aim to create a world where brain tumours are defeated.
We think it's shocking that whilst survival has doubled across all cancers, survival rates for those with brain tumours have improved little in over 40 years. In fact, at just 14%, they're one of the poorest of all cancers. Treatments haven't changed in 40 years and brain tumours still remain the biggest cancer killer of children. Yet, despite these facts, less than 2% of the hundreds of millions invested in national cancer research funding in the UK every year is spent on brain tumours. This must change. As the world's leading brain tumour charity, we are now uniquely positioned to catalyse such change. Defeating Brain Tumours is our five year strategy to drive a step change in improving the future for those affected by a brain tumour.
Our strategy has been formed in collaboration with a wide range of people, for whose time and energy we are truly grateful: those affected by a brain tumour, the global research community, healthcare professionals, the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, supporters and other charities, in the UK and overseas. The feedback from this consultation, taken together with the stark facts, is that we must address two key issues: the shocking survival rates and appalling impact of brain tumours on day-to-day quality of life.
To improve survival rates, we must continue funding more high-quality research and translating the results rapidly and efficiently into new treatments. To transform quality of life, we must better understand the daily impact that brain tumours have, as well as the trauma of diagnosis, and then reduce the harm caused not only to the lives of those living with this disease, but on their carers, families and friends. In addition to these two key issues, the feedback was that improvement in diagnosis, the NHS experience and support services were needed and would also significantly contribute to better survival and quality of life.
Our strategy therefore has two over-riding goals. These are to:
To achieve these goals we are focusing on six key priorities over five years:
It is only through uniting with others that we can succeed in taking this vital step towards achieving our vision of a world where brain tumours are defeated. Please join us and be part of this success – give us feedback on our strategy, share it with others and get involved.
Our Strategy 2015 – 2020 defines our priorities over the next five years as we aim to create a world where brain tumours are defeated.
We've been recognised as Charity of the Year 2018 for our pioneering approach, innovative research solutions and, above all, our community-centred approach to everything we do.