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Rhabdomyosarcoma appeal

Could you give £10 today to help us improve the lives of young people with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS)? Supporting Professor Janet Shipley's work will help improve the lives of children and young people with this aggressive form of cancer.

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Professor Janet Shipley
Professor Janet Shipley

Rhabdomyosarcomas (RMS) are aggressive cancers that resemble muscle tissue and more commonly occur in children and teenagers. At the moment less than 30% of people with RMS tumours that have spread or reoccurred survive their cancer long-term

But here at the ICR, we want to carry out further research into the disease to improve treatment options for this rare form of childhood cancer.

Your donation will help support Professor Janet Shipley’s work in these vital ways:

  • identify new ways to treat young patients with more aggressive disease,
  • examine drugs that are currently used to treat other types of cancer, to see if they could also be used to treat children and young people with RMS,
  • in the longer term, work to discover completely new drugs for the disease.

Current treatments include surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. These can cause severe side-effects in a growing teenager or child. Even if the patient is cured, the side-effects of their treatment can be life-long and disabling. It's this that motivates Professor Shipley to find a solution and offer these youngsters a longer, healthier life.

Ultimately, your donation could lead to better, more effective treatments, enabling many young patients with the most aggressive forms of RMS to lead longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives. 

Your gift will make a real difference to children and young people living with cancer.

Donate to this vital work today