Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Our ground-breaking work into the prevention, control and treatment of cancer has seen survival rates double in the last 40 years. But we can’t stop there. We have a bold ambition to see 3 in 4 people surviving cancer in the next 20 years.

Facts about our job

  • Cancer Research UK is the only cancer charity fighting over 200 cancers, and here in the UK we're the single largest funder of cancer research.
  • We have saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years.
  • Only CRUK supports more than 250 clinical trials across the UK – developing life-saving tests and treatments. 55% of patients on clinical trials are on a CRUK clinical trial and through this work, we are changing the face of cancer treatment in the UK.

Cancer Research UK pioneers life- saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Our ground breaking research into the prevention, control and treatment of cancer has seen survival rates double in the last 40 years. But we can’t stop there. Sadly it is still the case that more than 1 in 2 of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives, so it’s vital that we continue to fight this terrible disease.

We have a bold ambition to see 3 in 4 people surviving cancer in the next 20 years, but we can’t achieve this alone. With help from our supporters we’re focusing our efforts in four key areas – working to help prevent cancer, diagnose it earlier, develop new treatments and optimise current treatments by personalising them and making them even more effective. We are fighting for a world where no one’s life is cut short by cancer. And we can only do this with the support of people like you. Together we will beat cancer sooner.

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Monthly Donations

  • £5 per month or £60 annually

    £60 covers the cost of running a lung cancer trial for two days, aiming to find out if radiotherapy will pack more of a punch to cancer cells and stop the disease coming back after surgery, improving treatments for patients with lung cancer. Our pioneering researchers want to bring forward the day when notoriously difficult to treat cancers, like lung cancer, are overcome.

  • £7.50 per month or £90 annually

    £100 covers the cost of giving one patient the Cytosponge test to diagnose early stages of oesophageal cancer. The Cytosponge is revolutionising early diagnosis for oesophageal cancer by collecting cells from the gullet to look for tell-tale signs that a patient might develop the disease. Compared to an endoscopy, which costs around £500, the Cytosponge is cheap and patient friendly and another example of our pioneering, groundbreaking research.

  • £10 per month or £120 annually

    £120 protects our superhero scientists from dangerous biohazards as they battle against cancer in our specialised laboratories. The Francis Crick Institute has state-of-the-art labs for studying biological hazards like viruses so that our scientists can research into new ways to kill cancer cells. This is just one example of equipment that’s helping our scientists at the Francis Crick Institute to carry out their lifesaving research.

  • £20 per month or £240 annually

    £240 covers the cost of one day of a clinical trial aiming to find the best treatment for children with a rare type of leukaemia, whose cancer has come back after treatment. Our research has helped transform survival for children’s cancers – three quarters of children with cancer are now cured. But we need to do more. Clinical trials are vital to finding new treatments and working out the best dose of the drug that can be given to children safely – research which could give more children a brighter future.