Cancer Research Strategy for Wales
Wales produces some of the world’s leading cancer research and a new initiative has been established to strengthen the nation’s outputs. Developing a national strategy will unite the diverse areas of cancer research conducted here and bring more effective cancer treatments to patients as fast as possible. Cancer research strategies are being developed across the UK and Wales is proud to add to the great work that has been done in this area.
It was advised in the Cancer Delivery Plan for the NHS that NHS Wales should develop a Cancer Research Strategy for Wales (CReSt Cymru). Prof. John Chester (Wales Cancer Research Centre), Prof Tom Crosby (Wales Cancer Network) and Richard Pugh (Wales Cancer Alliance) have come together to lead this strategy with representatives from a variety of research and care backgrounds.
The strategy will reflect the priorities and ambitions of patients, charities, NHS organisations, universities, pharma and Welsh Government, which will provide a common goal for cancer researchers in Wales for the next 10 years.
A year-long consultation process has launched to establish recommendations to:
- Increase commercial and non-commercial clinical trials, bringing more money into Wales and improving patient access to cutting-edge treatments
- Support Wales–led cancer trials and other well designed studies
- Promote the importance of Research & Development and enable NHS staff to participate in research
- Deliver research with the greatest patient benefit
Eleanor Webber's work for both the Wales Cancer Research Centre and the Wales Cancer Network. She is part of the team responsible for delivering the strategy. She said, “It’s really exciting to be supporting such an important strategy, by bringing the cancer research community together to benefit cancer patients in Wales”.
If you’re interested in learning more about the strategy, or would like to share your ideas, please contact the Wales Cancer Research Centre on WCRC@Cardiff.ac.uk.
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