Government boosts brain cancer research funding following death of Tessa Jowell


A boost for brain cancer research funding has been announced by the Government following the death of Dame Tessa Jowell.

The Government investment comes after the late Labour Cabinet minister, who died on Saturday, campaigned for more resources to help combat the disease.

The move sees a Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Research Mission doubled in funding to £40 million over the next five years.

A national roll-out of a key diagnosis test – gold standard dye – will also take place as only half of brain cancer centres in England currently use the technique.

It comes after the late Labour Cabinet minister died on Saturday aged 70.

Tributes to Dame Tessa Jowell

Prime Minister Theresa May previously stated that the government would pledge £20 million to help fight brain cancer following a meeting with Baroness Jowell in February.

But the government’s contribution to the programme has now doubled.

When added to an extra £25 million offered by Cancer Research UK, the fund could be worth £65 million a year.

Mrs May said: “Baroness Tessa Jowell faced her illness with dignity and courage – and it was a privilege to host her in Downing Street recently to discuss what more we can do to tackle brain cancer.

“We send our sincere condolences to her family – and I hope that the actions we are taking now and in the future to improve care and research for those confronting a terrible disease will form part of the lasting legacy of an inspirational woman.”

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt added: “Tessa Jowell was one of those few politicians who could inspire and unite across party lines.

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“We were all moved by her bravery and selfless campaigning in her final months, and are determined to honour her life and memory with the action on brain cancer that she fought so hard for.

“At this agonising time, I hope her family can draw comfort from the fact that her legacy will be lives saved and heartbreak averted for thousands of other families.”

The UK will also host an annual Tessa Jowell global symposium aimed at bringing together the best clinical, scientific and academic minds on brain cancer.

Every year around 11,400 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour and just 14% of people survive their disease for 10 or more years.

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