£5m boost for Research

Clatterbridge Cancer Charity has granted £5m over five years to advance research at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. The money will support early phase clinical trials, groundbreaking new treatments and boost access to the latest in cancer care for the people who need it most.

Each year, around 7,000 people die from cancer in the region and this number is growing, with ingrained inequality and an ageing population among the factors that contribute to this.

 “This funding is a game changer for cancer research at Clatterbridge, giving us the ability to take our groundbreaking studies to the next level and giving patients in Cheshire and Merseyside unparalleled access to new, lifesaving treatments closer to their homes. We want the name Clatterbridge to be synonymous with clinical research and this incredible pledge can ensure this. Thank you to everybody who is giving support to our charity”

Professor Christian Ottensmeier, Director of Clinical Research at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

A unique approach to palliative care

The Charity has awarded a research grant of £50,000 to Dr Seamus Coyle as he seeks to improve the service (locally and nationally) given to those who die from cancer.

Palliative care research is a chronically underfunded area but changes and improvements to the process can have a hugely positive impact for patients and their loved ones. At Clatterbridge we are fortunate to have a dedicated and nationally-leading team in this area who have won many awards for the progress they have made in how we look after patients at the end of their lives.

This research grant will allow Dr Coyle to continue his work into better understanding the stages of a patients declining health – developing a simple urine test which could tell when a patient in in their last days or weeks of life. This is technology which could have a huge impact not only on cancer patients but on anyone, allowing medical staff to make much better informed decisions about how and where they treat patients.

Funding much needed pancreatic cancer research

Survival rates in many forms of cancer have increased dramatically in the last 50 years, but that is not the case in pancreatic cancer where only marginal improvements have been made. Research into this disease is now more vital than ever and we are very pleased to be supporting one such project.

With support from our charity, Clatterbridge Consultant Prof Dan Palmer and his collaborator Prof Ainhoa Mielgo at the University of Liverpool are now running a scientific trial with 40 Clatterbridge patients to see if they can better understand how the initial treatments given to pancreatic cancer patients may be attacking the initial tumour but also helping the cancer to spread to other organs, often the liver.

Better understanding the biology of this process will help scientists like Dan and Ainhoa to develop the current treatments and help to slow the progress of this often deadly disease.  

First-in-human clinical trials

With thanks to our friends the Medicash Foundation, the Charity is now supporting the delivery of first-in-human trials of newly developed drugs right here at Clatterbridge.

This generous four year pledge from Medicash is helping to fund a nursing post at Clatterbridge in the Experimental Cancer Medicines Team. Lee (pictured) will be able to assume roles and deliver care which would normally require a consultant, allowing for more capacity and thus for more patients at Clatterbridge to have the opportunity to access these new medicines via a clinical trial.

Thanks to these experimental drug trials, Clatterbridge patients are sometimes the first in the country or even the whole world to benefit from these treatments.

“Working in clinical trials is just so exciting, knowing that we are giving patients an opportunity to access a treatment which could prolong or improve their life is just brilliant privilege.

We are so grateful to Medicash for funding this role and helping us to deliver the best care we can for the people of Merseyside and Cheshire.” 
Lee, Research Nurse 

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