Sudden closure of UK National Cancer Research comes as Huge Blow

Dr Elizabeth
4 min readJul 5, 2023

Written by Dr Elizabeth Johnston-Young

The UK is a world class leader in cancer research. Since 2001 all the hard work given by all at The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) has played a very large part in this. After 22 years the NCRI closes its doors. The announcement about this charity of the sudden closure of this UK National Cancer Research Institute comes as a huge blow.

The charity grew over its 22-year lifespan, linked up with many partners including Blood Cancer UK, Breast Cancer Now, Prostate Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer UK, plus many more. Fabulous work taken place including trials, research, specialist cancer groups, and networks. All fr the greater good of those affected by cancer; working together to improve coordination of cancer research throughout the UK and beyond. Improving the lives of millions of people around the world.

Professor Lawrence Young, Professor of Molecular Oncology, University of Warwick, said: “This is yet another blow to the UK research community”

Almost 400 000 new cancer cases are diagnoses every year in the UK. Understanding the way to treat the cancer for the best possible outcome is the goal. For some prostate and breast cancers NCRI came into its own with trials, involving radiotherapy combination trials and research resulting in treatment reduction from weeks to days.

Professor Lawrence Young, Professor of Molecular Oncology, University of Warwick, said: “This is shocking news that will significantly impact cancer research and the development of new treatments in the UK. This is yet another blow to the UK research community and to the position of the UK as a world leader in cancer research”.

22 Years of Ground-breaking Research to Sudden Closed Doors at The National Cancer Research Institute

The abrupt closure of the NCRI will be a huge void in cancer research. The charity well and truly made its mark, bringing the whole cancer research community together covering the whole UK and beyond. Working to improve the overall quality of life of anyone affected by cancer. Understand the cancers, develop the treatments, lessen the symptoms!

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Dr Elizabeth

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