Sheffield launches new Cancer Research Centre
Cancer Research UK and Yorkshire Cancer Research have come together for the first time to fund a new cancer research centre in Sheffield.
The Sheffield Cancer Research Centre becomes the latest link in a unique chain of Cancer Research UK Centres that have been launched across the UK.
These Cancer Centres draw together world class research and medical expertise to provide the best possible results for cancer patients nationwide. Cancer Research UK, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Yorkshire Cancer Research (YCR) are all partners in this new Centre.
This latest Centre will be have its clinical base at Weston Park Cancer Hospital – one of only three dedicated cancer hospitals in the country, and link with laboratory facilities both within the Medical School and across the University of Sheffield. It will help set the pace for national and international progress in many different types of cancer, with particular interest in breast and lung cancers and a strong focus on the spread of cancers to the bones.
The Centre will foster strong links with the local community, increasing awareness of the world-class cancer research taking place right on their doorstep.
Collaboration is the key to the success of the Centre, which will enable researchers who do not normally work together to exchange ideas and information more easily. The Centre will also help train the next generation of cancer researchers through studentships and fellowships, continuing Sheffield’s strong tradition of training and development.
Local businessman, Dave Wickett, 64, of Fulwood, is receiving ongoing treatment for cancer and is particularly delighted with news of the Centre.
In January last year, the owner of Kelham Island Brewery was diagnosed with myeloma, a type of cancer that develops from plasma cells found in bone marrow. After chemotherapy treatment, he was in remission but the cancer returned in February this year with a tumour on his spine, leaving him in a wheelchair for life.
Dave said: “It’s great that the level of expertise, knowledge and collaboration in Sheffield has been recognised in this way and it really highlights the importance of research in our city for which I am busting with pride. The Centre will help the fantastic doctors and researchers put into practice what they are learning which will help cancer patients across South Yorkshire in the future.
“Everyone wants to see cancer cured and I am sure Sheffield people will also be proud to know that the city is at the forefront of the work helping to make this happen.”
For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 7009 8820 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org.
For further information about Yorkshire Cancer Research and how you can support us please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or call 01423 877210.