NCRI partners are organisations that fund cancer research in the UK, and who want to work together to coordinate their research. Here, we take a look at our partners activities over the festive period:

Brain Tumour Research: #Lyra4XmasNo1

Lyra was just five months old when she underwent emergency surgery. Her tumour – which was the size of an orange – was successfully removed in an operation lasting 11 hours. Now Lyra has recorded a cover of the seasonal classic When A Child is Born and has taken the UK – and the charts – by storm. Her charity single is now a serious contender for the coveted number one slot this Christmas!

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Children with Cancer UK: Chemo-free Christmas

This year Children with Cancer UK are following families at three different stages of their childhood cancer journey. This includes Lily, who was diagnosed with an optic pathway glioma, a type of brain tumour at the age of one in November 2017. Her mum Lianna tells their story so far:

“Because of Lily’s condition, we find it very hard to think about Christmas or make any plans. We don’t know what Lily’s health will be like, whether we’ll be in a hospital room, or celebrating with family. Cancer consumes everything in your life. Anything that should be normal is taken over by worry and grief.”

Through their research Children with Cancer UK hope that one day every child will enjoy a chemo free Christmas.

Chemo free Christmas

Health and Care Research Wales: Gift of Research

Health and Care Research Wales are celebrating research in Wales with the hashtag #GiftofResearch

Prostate Cancer UK: Keeping more that just memories alive at Christmas

Prostate Cancer UK would like to kick-start research into prostate cancer immunotherapy, to properly assess whether they can harness the power of the immune system to fight prostate cancer for the first time.

Professor Helen McCarthy, from Queen’s University Belfast, is one of the researchers already making significant progress in immunotherapy research. She is aiming to perfect the delivery of a prostate cancer vaccine that will signal the immune system to recognise and destroy any cancer cells.

Keeping more than just memories alive at Christmas

Tenovus: The Gift of Hope

Christmas can be a time when cancer patients need support the most. Tenovus Cancer Care want to make sure that no cancer patient is left to cope without the right support.

The Gift of Hope



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