Funding would help Little Eaton brain tumour patient

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A Little Eaton man is hoping action taken by a national cancer charity to address disrepancies in cancer research funding may help him in his battle against the disease.

Last month, a select group of campaigners and scientists brought together by Brain Tumour Research met with MPs at he House of Commons to highlight discrepancies in funding towards research into the illness.

The politicians were presetned with a set of starj facts as the charity encouraged a discussion into how the Government can improve outcomes for the 16,000 people diagnosed with a brain tumour each year.

Among those affected by the disease is Stewart Tranter, of Holm Avenue, Little Eaton, who was diagnosed with a grade three astrocytoma brain tunour in September 2013.

The 35–year–old said: “I have been told that people with this type of tumour live for anything between a month and 15 years.

“Clearly I am hoping to be one of those exceptional patients and at the moment I feel well and am positive.

“I am fortunate in that I am young, have had the latest treatment available, and that Brain Tumour Research is doing such great work.

“The longer I am here, the more chance there is that a treatment will be found to remove or cure my tumour.”

Since being diagnosed, Stewart has undergone a gruelling programme of treatment, including 30 cycles of radiotherapy and 14 months of chemotherapy.

Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham, who attended the event at the Hosue of Commons, said: “The work that charities such as Brain Tumour Research are doing to improve the lives of the 16,000 people diagnosed every year with a brain tumour is essential.

“We know far too little about the biology of brain tumours. An increase in the level of research is vital if we are to provide the treatments that can save lives.

“The dinner was a great success at raising this matter in Parliament and I now have a deeper understanding of the issues having heard from both scientists working for a cure and from people who been touched by this awful disease – I will certainly support this campaign.”

The event, organised by Brain Tumour Research, outlined key policy changes the government could make to champion the fight against the disease, including pledge to increase research funding to betweel £30 and £35million a year over ten years and a new national register tracking all research work and grants with the aim of reducing duplication and increase transparency.