Cancer is the biggest killer in the UK, claiming more than 160,000 lives every year.
Cancer is so difficult to treat because it is enormously complex, and adapts and evolves in response to changes in its environment – becoming resistant to treatment.
But we have a plan. The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust are together focusing our efforts on confronting this major challenge – by overcoming cancer’s ability to adapt and evolve.
Our joint research strategy, Making the discoveries: our strategy to defeat cancer, offers a bold and ambitious vision that will speed up our progress against cancer.
We designed the strategy to run from 2016 to 2021, and have now extended it for a year while our new Chief Executive, Professor Kristian Helin, leads in shaping the next stages in our scientific journey.
Our joint research strategy sets out clear steps to defeat cancer, designed to maximise the benefits for patients and their families. We have structured our strategy around four pillars.