Childhood cancer has been one of the success stories of modern medicine. Such have been the advances made over the past 30 years that eight out of 10 children diagnosed today will be cured. However, cancer in children and young people remains a serious issue. Around 1,600 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK and, despite all the progress, cancer remains one of the main reasons why children from one to 15 years of age die prematurely. We lack efficient therapies for some children who present with advanced stage disease or for those whose cancer has come back. There is also a downside to the improving survival rates, in that the side effects of current treatments are recognised as an increasing problem. With one in 700 young adults now a survivor of childhood cancer, many long-term survivors suffer from chronic health problems related to their original therapy.
The Newcastle University Centre for Childhood Cancer is a planned £5.5 million research facility, which will provide state-of-the-art resources to keep advancing children’s cancer research, and ultimately give more children a future to look forward to. The Future Fund, a collaborative project between Newcastle University, the Great North Children’s Hospital and North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR), aims to raise money to make the centre a reality.
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