"1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives"Cancer Research UK
"There are more than 200 different types of cancer"Cancer Research UK
"151,190 people died from cancer in the UK in 2000"Cancer Research UK
"Survival rates in the UK continue to be much lower than the European average"Cancer Research UK
"Cancer accounts for a quarter of all deaths in the UK"Cancer Research UK
"Approximately 1 in 4 people will die from cancer"Cancer Research UK
Cancers often spread to different parts of the body from the place they first occur so localised treatments, like surgery and radiotherapy, can have limited success. However, anti-cancer drugs circulate to all parts of the body and clinical trials of these treatments are the main focus of funding from Sir Bobby's charity.
There has been considerable success in making anti-cancer drugs, especially in the last few years, but there is still a long way to go before many of the common forms of the disease can be readily treatable. The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation helps experts within the NHS, in collaboration with scientists at Newcastle University, to develop these new treatments.
Through generous support, the charity has already equipped the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, which was constructed by the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. It has also funded two specialist research posts, a doctor and a nurse.
But there is still so much more which can be achieved through raising additional funds.