The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Every 15 minutes in the UK, a person dies from lung cancer.The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
The disease kills more people than leukaemia, bowel and breast cancer put together and the chance of surviving has barely changed since the 1970s.
Despite these facts, only 5% of all cancer research funding goes towards lung cancer.
Over the past 20 years, The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation has ploughed almost £15 million into research.
But we need your help to raise even more money to help us in our ultimate aim – to defeat this truly devastating disease.
Currently our research program is investigating how to improve early diagnosis of lung cancer, as the earlier someone is diagnosed the more chance they have of surviving.
Sadly, in the UK most people are simply diagnosed too late which means patients have only a 3 in 10 chance of surviving for a year, and only a one in ten chance of living for up to five years.
I got involved with RCLCF because I lost my amazing and beloved Mum to lung cancer last year. Whatever I can do to stop someone else having to go through the same heartbreak- I will do!
Lung cancer is the UK’s biggest cancer killer and yet research into this deadly killer is massively underfunded. It is an incredibly difficult cancer to spot early and many patients find out they have the disease too late. RCLCF are funding research to help early diagnosis which will save precious lives.
A Daily Telegraph journalist, Cassandra was 55 when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Last year Cassandra went to her doctor with what she thought was a mild chest infection, but a biopsy later revealed she had lung cancer. Cassandra and her husband William then had to break the news to their 5 children.Cassandra writes about rediscovering life after chemotherapy
Cassandra has undergone 4 months of chemotherapy but medication will never remove her cancer entirely. Cassandra said “it will come back and so you just have to get on with life which is what I am trying to do, but in the knowledge that you know there will be more chemo around the corner and that the rest of your life will be spent playing cat and mouse with this illness.”
Cassandra is among some 65,000 people currently living with lung cancer in the UK.
Every year another 38,000 people are diagnosed
Vicky was an active non-smoker when doctors found a tumour on her lung in 2008. She had an operation to remove part of her left lung, and then started a gruelling course of chemotherapy. Initially the treatment appeared successful, but just a year later, Vicky and her partner Glen received the news they’d been dreading. The tumour had returned, this time in her other lung. Surgery couldn’t be carried out so she had to go through more chemotherapy.
The second round of chemo has halted the spread of the tumour but it hasn’t removed it. But Vicky is determined to live her life despite the disease and last year she married her long-term partner Glen.
Vicky said about her wedding “To have all of our family and friends gathered together, especially people who had supported us so much, was brilliant. To be able to really have a good do and just enjoy the day, it was fabulous, absolutely fabulous, I want to do it again.
“You do find yourself thinking let’s just go for things that we want to do now and enjoy life while you can.”
10% of lung cancers sufferers, like Vicky, have never smoked.
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