The Petitions Committee published its first ever report Funding for research into brain tumours on 14thMarch. The report reveals the distressing experiences of people whose lives have been affected by this devastating disease, as well as exploring the reasons behind the historic underfunding of research under successive governments.
Key areas covered by the report include:
• Awareness and diagnosis
• Funding levels
• Barriers to research
• Setting research priorities
• Burden of disease
• Availability of therapeutic drugs
The petition "Increase funding into brain tumour research" gained over 120,000 signatures, and will be debated in Parliament on Monday 18th Aprilhttps://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/105560
You can find out more about the Petitions Committeeinquiry here:
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer... yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease since 2002.
Unlike many other cancers, incidences of brain tumours are increasing and, as the committee recognised, it is appalling that to date so little has been allocated to research.
Many thousands of families continue to be shocked by the lack of treatments available and clinicians continue to deliver a poor prognosis, causing untold distress to patients and their loved ones.
The charity Brain Tumour Research, in collaboration with its member charities across the UK, is striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres. But charities can’t do this alone; as constituents, we need the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.
We are encouraged by the attention that this issue has received as a result of the e-petition and the Petition Committee’s inquiry into funding into brain tumour research and we thank the Chair, Helen Jones MP and her team for their hard work and dedication.
We welcome this report and its recommendations and feel at last we are being listened to and we look forward to the upcoming debate.