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  • BRAIN UK generates £1.3 million for brain tumour research

    BRAIN UK, the tissue bank set up three years ago to improve access to tissue samples for research, has generated £1.3 million investment in brain tumour research.

     

    The collaborative project between hospitals, charities and Southampton University has increased the amount of research, generated more investment and unlocked thousands of previously inaccessible brain tumour tissue samples.  

     

     

    To learn more about brain tumours so that better outcomes can be achieved for people living with a brain tumour, it is important that tumour tissue samples are available to researchers.

     

    Even though there are around 400,000 stored samples in NHS biopsy archives, and a further 18,500 accrued each year, brain tumour tissue is still difficult for researchers to access.

     

    Trying to identify suitable tissue to help shape a study can be very difficult. This is made even more challenging as a result of the legal and ethical considerations required to gain approval to use human tissue. For new researchers, it can be a difficult and long process.

     

    Three years ago we set up BRAIN UK, an...



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    Category: Research News | Published: 16 December 2016
  • There is still time to watch our Christmas appeal

    We are on BBC Two this afternoon at 1pm, telling the world what life is like when you're living with a brain tumour, and raising funds to help more people.

    Our appeal features Phoebe and Chris, members of the brainstrust community, and is presented by Julia Somerville, a TV presenter who had a brain tumour and was successfully treated.

     

    For more information and to donate visit www.bbc.co.uk/lifeline.

     

    If you miss this afternoon's broadcast, you can also catch it on the BBC iPlayer.

     

     

     

    Meet Phoebe and find out how she's making new friends

    Phoebe is six years old and loves drawing and music. Phoebe had an operation to remove a malignant brain tumour in 2015.

     

    Since the operation, Phoebe and her mum Rachel have found ways to talk about it. She says: “I'm a happy person, even when we...



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    Category: Charity News | Published: 14 December 2016
  • Watch the brainstrust Lifeline appeal on the BBC. 

    On Sunday, we're on the BBC, telling the world what life is like when you're living with a brain tumour, and raising funds to help more people.

     

    Our Christmas appeal features Phoebe and Chris, members of the brainstrust community, and is presented by Julia Somerville, a TV presenter who had a brain tumour and was successfully treated.

     

    The programme will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 11th December at 2:45pm. For more information visit www.bbc.co.uk/lifeline.

     

     

    Meet Phoebe and find out how she's making new friends

    Phoebe is six years old and loves drawing and music. Phoebe had an operation to remove a malignant brain tumour in 2015.

     

    Since the operation, Phoebe and her mum Rachel have found ways to talk about it. She says: “I'm a happy person, even when we go through hard things. It was a big lump inside my...



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    Category: Charity News | Published: 8 December 2016
  • A fantastic weekend of festive fundraising

    It's been a fantastic weekend of fundraising for brainstrust. Thousands of runners dressed as Santa descended on London's Victoria Park for the Santa Run 2016.

     

     

    Our team of runners ran 5km or 10km, raising more than £700 to help people living with brain cancer.

     

    It was also a great opportunity to raise awareness of our work and how we help people with a brain tumour and their families to feel less afraid and more in control. Jill, our support specialist in London, and Kathryn, our community fundraiser, were there to cheer on the runners, and explain more about what we do.

     

     

    In the North, we were also getting into the festive spirit, attending two Christmas markets. The first was in Buxton on Saturday, followed by the Otley Victorian Christmas Market on Sunday. We raised around £600.  

     

     



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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 6 December 2016
  • Friends are important, especially when you're living with a brain tumour

    This Christmas, say thank you to a friend who's made a difference on your cancer journey. 

    Who has been there for you? Who has supported you? Who has made you smile? 

     

    Christmas is the perfect time to say thank you. Share this post and tag a friend who's been there for you.

     

    Friends are important. We know.

     

    We explore some special friendships in our upcoming BBC appeal. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/lifeline to find out more.

     

     

     



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    Category: Charity News | Published: 5 December 2016
  • Helping you to understand the brain cancer journey

     

    Our Patient Guide is a resource to help people living with a brain tumour, and their caregivers better understand the brain cancer journey. It explains what you can expect at each stage, the key questions that you should be asking, and what resources exist that can help you.

     

     

    We want to make sure you have the best resources available, so we are actively engaging with the review of the NICE guidelines for brain tumours. NICE's role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. It does this by:

     

    • Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.

     

    • Developing quality standards for those providing and commissionig health, public health and social care...


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    Category: Research News | Published: 23 November 2016

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