brainstrust, as part of a UK coalition of brain cancer charities is calling on the government to join the fight against brain tumours.
On the 14th October we attended a reception and spoke to MPs about the issues that face people battling brain cancer, and looking for brain cancer treatment.
Brain Tumour Research, of which brainstrust is part, Brain Tumour UK and The Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust with the International Brain Tumour Alliance, have launched a manifesto for everyone affected by a brain tumour, and we hope to persuade the new Government to work in partnership with us to improve outcomes in diagnosis, patient care and research.
The new manifesto was launched at the reception attended by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours, scientists, clinicians, and many brain tumour patients and their families.
The manifesto calls on Government to work in partnership with the brain tumour charities to:
- Ensure early diagnosis and treatment for everyone affected by a brain tumour
- Implement the best practice guidance for treating people with the disease
- Significantly increase Government investment in brain tumour research
The manifesto sets out one or more practical solutions to be monitored, to measure improvements towards the lives of everyone affected by a brain tumour.
Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP, accepting the manifesto on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group, commented: “With around 16,000 people in the UK affected by a brain tumour each year, and the number of secondary cancers in the brain thought to be increasing, much more needs to be done to diagnose and treat these diseases more effectively. This manifesto is much more than a plea for funds. It brings together intelligence from across the field and sets out a range of measurable solutions which have the power to transform the lives of those affected by a brain tumour.”