Edd: How pledges make breakthroughs possible

Posted on: 04 March 2019 by Cancer Research UK

Dr Edd James, a Cancer Research UK scientist, researches how the immune system can be harnessed to fight cancer.

Edd James

"With 1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lives, cancer affects so many people and their families. Being able to identify new ways to treat cancer through harnessing the immune system could make more people cancer free.”

“The funding we receive from Cancer Research UK is fundamental to the research and being able to achieve our goals, including being able to understand how the immune response interacts with cancer and to develop new therapies to benefit patients.”

“One third of Cancer Research UK’s funding comes from gifts in Wills. This level of funding means that much of the research and development of new therapies we and others around the country are undertaking would not be possible without the generosity of people who leave a gift to Cancer Research UK in their Wills.“

“It is very humbling to think that people are generous enough to leave a gift in their Will. It enables and has enabled major new discoveries in cancer research, resulting in new therapies that are making people cancer free today. It will have a legacy for future cancer patients and their families. I believe that through improved therapies, detection/screening and vaccination we will be able to cure/prevent many cancers.”


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Fundraising RegulatorCancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666) and the Isle of Man (1103)”

Photos reproduced courtesy of University of Southampton.

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