Research into children's cancer saves lives.
The outstanding progress made in cancer treatment is the result of extensive research studies and clinical trials over the last 40 years which now underpin today's standard treatments. During this time, CCLG has played a key role in the success seen in the world of children's cancer so that now over 80% of children are cured.
But there are still some childhood cancers with a poor outlook, and some treatments can have long-lasting and devastating side effects. Further research is vital to improve survival rates and to find kinder treatments.
We fund and support a variety of research into childhood cancers including:
- The CCLG Tissue Bank is the UK's largest collection of tumour, DNA and other tissue samples from childhood cancer patients. Samples enable scientists and researchers to get as close to the disease as possible so they can find new ways of diagnosing children, new treatments and cures for patients.
- We offer funds and grants to launch new research projects and develop new clinical trials.
- We work in partnership with other charities and organisations to support research. We use our research-funding infrastructure, as well as the scientific and medical expertise of our membership, to support smaller charities to meet their research aims. For example, by managing a research funding programme or helping them to idenfity research to support.
- We can 'ring-fence' funds so that our supporters can raise funds towards a cancer-specific research project.
- Our supporters can also raise money for a Special Named Fund - perhaps in memory of a child or a child undergoing treatment - so that the child's name and legacy lives on to help other children in the future.
- Our Special Interest Groups provide a forum for discussion and planning of research and bring together potential collaborators. We organise and support scientific meetings where research findings are shared and discussed, and we support our membership to be involved in planning research and attending important meetings through bursaries and sponsorship.
- We support the next generation of childhood cancer researchers through our trainee scheme in partnership with the National Cancer Research Institute. This allows trainee paediatric oncologists to be involved in the development and management of clinical trials, by attending meetings, being mentored by experienced researchers, and gaining insight into research activity.
Our ambition is to grow the amount of research we are able to support in the next few years and our new Research Strategy 2015 highlights our core scientific objectives.