Thank you for contacting me about brain tumour research.
Brain cancer has blighted so many lives. Every year around 11,400 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour and just 14 per cent of people survive their disease for 10 years or more. Dame Tessa Jowell’s campaigning in her final months, to shine the light on actions needed to improve research and care for people with brain cancer, was inspiring and selfless. I warmly welcome the Government’s determination to take forward her work.
In May 2018, the Government pledged £40 million investment over the next five years for brain tumour research as part of the Dame Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission. Funding will be invested through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support a wide range of research and help translate laboratory discoveries into useable treatments and better care for patients. Researchers are encouraged to submit application building on recent initiatives and investments, including the recommendations of the Task and Finish Working Group on Brain Tumour Research.
Of course, more can still be done and I am encouraged that the Government more generally is putting cancer diagnosis at the heart of the new long-term plan for the NHS, being made possible by the £33.9 billion the Government is investing in the NHS.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me about this important issue.
Sally-Ann Hart MP