Welcome to our Children with Cancer UK blog

We'll be sharing news about our work, stories from families affected by childhood cancer and from some of the researchers whose work we fund. We'll also be welcoming guest bloggers who will share their opinions and insight into childhood cancer.

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Patient stories: finding out that your child has cancer can be the start of an uncertain and difficult time for families. To try and help, a number of families have kindly shared their very personal experiences with us.

Your fundraising stories: our fundraisers are remarkable people - here are some inspiring stories from our dedicated team.

Our corporate news: some of our latest news on what our corporate and commercial partners have been doing for us.

Survey into research priorities for cancers in teenagers and young adults

10 November 2016
Amy and her family receive the news that she has cancer
Patients, families, friends, carers and professionals are invited to take part and submit questions that they think are important about Teenage and Young Adult cancers. The survey will be open until the 31st December 2016.  Access the survey at https://surrey.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/tyapsp New survey to identify key research priorities for cancer in teenagers and young adults

Have you or someone you know been affected by cancer as teenager or young adult?

Do you work with teenagers and young adults who have cancer?

If so, you are invited to take part in a short online survey. Why do we need your help? The direction of research about Tee...
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Precision medicine for childhood cancer

27 September 2016
Childhood Cancer 2016 word cloud graphic
Our recent conference, Childhood Cancer 2016, provided a forum for scientists and clinicians to discuss advances in the treatment of childhood cancer. But we may now have reached the limits of what existing treatments can achieve. New and innovative treatments are desperately needed to save the thousands of children worldwide who cannot be cured with existing therapies.Four out of five children diagnosed with cancer can now be cured. This survival rate is double what it was 50 years ago so there is much to celebrate. But increases in survival rates have slowed overall, and particularly in aggressive tumours where conventional treatment has a... Read More

We need to talk about childhood cancer

01 September 2016
Javeer was diagnosed with cancer in March 2014
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and it is timely that Childhood Cancer 2016 takes place 5th - 7th September. This conference is an important opportunity for us to talk about childhood cancer. A very different flavour to our previous conferences Childhood Cancer 2016 has a very different flavour to our previous conferences, which have focused on the aetiology of childhood cancer. This year we are looking at how new developments in translational science are being harnessed to improve survival and quality of survival for children with cancer. We will start the conference by considering, on day one, the potential of precision med... Read More

Fertility preservation for cancer patients

14 July 2016
EFP fertility drawing
With your support we're funding the first UK centre to establish a fertility preservation programme to store testicular tissue from young cancer patients, prior to their treatment. The team's work, at the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh, has attracted media attention this week. A 33-year-old cancer survivor has become the first woman in Britain to give birth following re-implantation of cryopreserved ovarian tissue. BBC news: Edinburgh baby born from frozen ovary in UK first Edinburgh Fertility Preservation programme The programme of work in males, combined with Edinburgh’s well-established programme for ... Read More

Coral fundraisers visit researchers at UCL Institute of Child Health

05 July 2016
Dr Patrick Hale presenting slides
We visited some of our grant-holders at the UCL Institute of Child Health last week, taking guests from corporate supporters Coral to find out about the research their funds are supporting. Coral’s incredible support Coral adopted us as their charity partner in 2014, pledging to raise £500,000 by the end of 2015. We’re delighted that the partnership is still ongoing.

In a ‘big reveal’ at the start of the day, our Corporate Partnerships Manager, Jayne Falconer, announced that the total raised to date is a staggering £1.93 million. This is the most successful charity partnership for both Children with Cancer UK and Coral - and with funds st...
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A tale of two meetings

24 June 2016
conference brochure covers
We began last week in Liverpool for the biennial meeting of the International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology (ISPNO) and ended the week in London at the Childhood Cancer Conference 2016, organised by the Childhood Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) and Bethany’s Wish, the Wilms Tumour Charity. ISPNO 2016: 17th International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology ISPNO is the major global meeting of the multi-disciplinary international community of professionals involved in the scientific research, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of infants, children and young people with tumours of the central nervous system (CNS). We were ple... Read More

London Marathon 2016

03 May 2016
2016 London Marathon runner
This year’s Virgin London Marathon saw 1,400 Children with Cancer UK Superhero runners pound the streets of London and battle through wind and rain on their way to the finish line.

Our Superhero runners were cheered on all the way by large crowds and fantastic volunteers at each of the Children with Cancer UK cheering stations. Browse our photos and see how it felt to be one of our Superheroes: View our Virgin London Marathon 2016 photos on Flickr Our runners took to social media to share their feats with the world. Friends and family read their marathon stories with pride and liked their amazing photos. Here’s a small sample of tweets fr...
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The importance of research into childhood brain tumours

31 March 2016
Blake in hospital
Every day, a family somewhere in the UK will receive the terrifying news that their child has a brain tumour.  “Our lives just stopped” says Llian, whose son Blake was diagnosed with medulloblastoma in September 2013 when he was just three years old. We were told Blake only had a few weeks to live.” Diagnosis can be difficult It took some time for Blake to be diagnosed, with numerous visits to the GP before his parents did some research and demanded the MRI scan that was to confirm their worst fears. This is a common story. Most GPs will never before have come across a child with a brain tumour and the symptoms can be similar to many more ... Read More

Our Brain Tumour Workshop

29 February 2016
Children with Cancer UK Brain Tumour Workshop
In February 2016, we gathered a group of eminent scientists and clinicians for a workshop focused on the treatment of childhood brain tumours.

Katie Martin, our Research Development Manager, reports on our recent Brain Tumour Workshop at the Royal College of Physicians in London. Breaking down barriers in brain tumour treatment and research It was enormously inspiring to spend two days in the company of such dedicated, passionate individuals – including not only the scientists, doctors and surgeons who are working so hard to improve the outlook for young brain tumour patients, but also some of the parents of children who have faced or are ...
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Sports Events diary 2016

22 December 2015
Our jubilant Great North Run team 2015
In 2016 why not join our team? There are lots of different Sports Events to choose from.

Our Sports Events Diary will help you to find the run, walk, cycle or trek that's best for you. Highlights of our year Virgin Money London Marathon
One of the most exciting highlights of the running year
with over 1,000 Children with Cancer UK runners. Great North Run
We have charity places in the Great North Run 2016. RideLondon - Surrey 100
We have charity places in the 2016 RideLondon-Surrey 100.
This is your chance to cycle this modified version of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race route. Rat Race Dirty Weekend
The world’s largest assault course...
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