Cancer is one of the biggest challenges that we face — it is the biggest killer in the UK, claiming around 160,000 lives every year. But we have a plan.
Our science strategy, Making the discoveries: our strategy to defeat cancer, offers a bold and ambitious vision that will speed up our progress against cancer.
The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust will together focus our efforts on solving the single biggest problem in cancer research.
Cancer is so difficult to treat because it is enormously complex, and as its molecular make-up changes, it can evolve and adapt to changes in its environment — and become resistant to treatment.
Our new joint research strategy sets out clear steps to defeat cancer, by confronting its ability to adapt and evolve.
Our research efforts from 2016 to 2021 will focus on four key areas of research that we know will make a huge difference to cancer patients and their families.