Fighting Childhood Cancer
More than 1,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year. This means that around one in 500 children will suffer from some form of cancer before they reach 14 years of age. To prevent children dying from cancer, Dr Frank Mussai is researching how children’s cancers interact with the immune system, and specifically how cancers of the blood are able to switch off our anti-cancer immune response.
‘Your donations are allowing us to expand our current work, supporting new technicians and research scientists. It is allowing us to buy equipment vital for analysing the blood and tumour samples that are donated from children and their families, and develop new drugs and ways of reactivating the immune system to attack cancer in children.
We hope that our findings here in the lab will enable new forms of treatment to be developed to fight cancer in children.’
Dr Frank Mussai, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Oncology, Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy
Why we support this charity
No child should ever have to undergo such toxic medication. The side effects of chemotherapy nearly killed George, and research like that of Francis Mussai is continually working to lower and alter doses of toxicity, one day chemo will be a thing of the past!
Upon diagnosis of a life threatening illness your mind is full of so many questions, uncertainties, figures, chances, side effect worries, and what ifs… the biggest worry of all, “can we do better in the USA, we kept saying to each other and asking everyone, “are we getting the best treatment, is this the best chance for George?”
Dr Frank Mussai, from the Birmingham Research Team appeared at our bedside to ask us if we would be prepared to donate George’s blood samples and information from his treatment for future research and we immediately found out we couldn’t have been in better hands. He explained the protocol to us and how the doses and types of drug had been decided upon. The research that Frank and his team had done directly affected and directed the toxicity levels of Georges treatment. Research they had done only months previously had altered George’s protocol slightly and gave him an even better chance than the children that came before him. Their research is continually developing new and more advanced treatments, less toxic doses, and more importantly providing mass data to aid future understanding of cancer works and how it affects children differently to adults. As well as sharing findings and information internationally. They have welcomed us into their lab and shared their passion with us. Without this research and their expertise George wouldn’t be, I am sure, alive, and as well as he is today. Richard and I want to continue raising funds for this work as we have seen the labs, and the team behind it, we know where the funds go and we know this will help to kick cancers butt!