Ruth Dombey, the Leader of Sutton Council, has written to the Health Secretary inviting them to visit Brain Tumour Research’s newest Centre of Excellence at the Institute of Cancer Research.
Councillor Dombey stated that it had been a “delight” to have attended the launch of the new Centre of Excellence in Sutton in September, which she described as “a fantastic facility, which will generate the laboratory data needed to support the application of new clinical trials”.
The preclinical data produced at the Centre of Excellence will validate learnings from the scientist’s bench with the vision of translating them into new therapeutic hope for paediatric patients and their families.
Brain Tumour Research is hopeful that this work will lead to breakthrough trials within the next five years.
Councillor Dombey was shocked to discover that brain tumour survival remains low and has changed little in over a generation. In her letter to the Secretary of State, she called for the disease “to be made a strategic and clinical priority”.
In addition, the Councillor called on the Department of Health to take steps to implement the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours (APPGBT) report, Pathway to a Cure – Breaking Down the Barriers.
Thomas Brayford, our Policy and Public Affairs Manager, said: “We’re glad that Councillor Dombey was able to attend the Centre launch. The Centre will have a crucial role to play in improving the options and outcomes for those affected by high-grade childhood tumours but, as her letter emphasises, we also need to ensure that the recommendations of the APPGBT inquiry report are implemented without delay.”