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Steve Lloyd – In Hope

Steve and Angela renew their vowsHusband, father-of-two and West Ham fan Steve Lloyd is living with an aggressive and inoperable glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour. Steve has undergone treatment and retired from work on the grounds of ill health. Nine months ago, in October 2014, he was told he had around 12 months to live. Together with his wife Angela, Steve has prepared daughters Bethany, 12, and Chloe, 10, for the difficult times which lay ahead.

“It makes me very angry to think that this horrible cancer affects so many relatively young people like Steve, who isn’t even 40. It seems crazy to think that so little investment is made in this area. Where are cures, where are the medical breakthroughs, where are the clinical trials which could give us that precious extra time?”

Steve’s wife Angela tells his story…
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Cancer Research UK funds important research

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Cancer Research UK has rewarded four of the UK’s most promising cancer doctors with a prestigious award to fund crucial research to develop and test urgently  needed treatments.The clinical trial fellowship award provides funding for up to three years and aims to accelerate progress and increase survival from cancer. (more…)

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Top Chefs Support Host for Hope 2015

HFH_chef_trypticWe are extremely pleased to announce three fantastic new recipes for our 2015 Host for Hope campaign!

Haute-cuisine treats provided by the collective talents of Antonio Favuzzi and Luca Terraneo, Head Chefs at stylish London eateries L’Anima restaurant and L’Anima café (respectively), and Chris Wheeler, Executive Head Chef at luxurious Buckinghamshire resort, Stoke Park, are now available as recipe cards on our Host for Hope webpage. (more…)

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Cat Anderson – In Hope

In August 2014, a CT scan revealed that Cat, aged 36, had aCat Anderson brain tumour.  A follow-up MRI scan led medics to think it was benign and that it could be completely removed, however, following surgery and a biopsy the devastating news came back that the tumour was in fact cancerous, although slow-growing.  Cat’s family and friends all rallied round to help and to fundraise, resulting in the setting up of a fundraising group called Cat in a Hat.

“Despite my nursing background, I, along with so many of Cat’s friends and family members, was shocked to find that that just 1% of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to brain tumours, yet it is the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s.  We are all doing our bit to make a real difference and hope that more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for brain tumours can be found… And soon.”

Here is Cat’s story as told by her father, Rab… (more…)

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England’s Cancer Survival Remains Behind International Standards

Brain Tumour ResearchA new report in the British Journal of Cancer this week reaffirms that cancer survival rates in England still lag behind countries with comparable health systems. The report, which can be found here, shows that the survival rates of six common cancers (stomach, colon, rectum, lung, breast [women only] and ovary) in England are lower than Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Sweden between 1995 and 2009.

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