Funding boost for brain tumour research

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Brain Tumours, has welcomed the Government decision to double its investment in brain cancer research to £40m a year in honour of former cabinet minister Dame Tessa Jowell.

Theresa May had announced in February that the Government would pledge £20m to help fight brain cancer.

However, after the Labour peer lost her battle with glioblastoma, a rare and malignant cancer, on Saturday, the Prime Minister doubled the Government’s contribution to the programme.

When added to an extra £25m offered by Cancer Research UK, it means the fund will initially be worth £65m a year.

Mr Thomas paid tribute to Dame Tessa and said the boost in funding would make a major difference in tackling brain cancer.

“Dame Tessa’s bravery and work since her diagnosis has been significant in the fight to raise awareness and accelerate research into brain tumours,” he said.

“The Prime Minister’s announcement will enable much-needed work to be done and provide British patients with more treatment options – at the moment, only 14 per cent of those with the disease currently survive for 10 or more years.”