International World Cancer Day was held on 4th February, although strictly the Day is 4th February it is important enough talk about beyond the day itself. It is a call to arms to raise awareness and fight this terrible disease that will touch almost all of us in our lifetimes. With one in two people being diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life and 163,444 deaths in 2016, it is a challenge that must be solved. Here on Norwich Research Park, we are lucky enough to have wonderful people who care for those who suffer; minds who strive to find answers through their research and fabulous people who raise funds and invest in this most important and worthy of causes.
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has one of the UK’s largest cancer care centres, treating over 6,000 patients a year. This year to raise awareness and offer extra support on World Cancer Day they held a cancer information event. The event offered support for those suffering and their families, as well as introducing a plan for future cancers services at the hospital. Louise Cook, head of fundraising for NNUH, said “The event is a great opportunity for the people of Norfolk to find out more about the cancer services available to them. We have many of the country’s leading experts in this field and this annual event is a perfect way to mark this year’s World Cancer Day. We were also able to let people know about our current appeal that will benefit local breast cancer patients.”
The University of East Anglia is hard at work researching the causes and cures for the disease. Key areas of research include biomarkers, DNA sequencing and nanotechnology. In 2017 UEA scientists made a huge breakthrough in prostate cancer research, developing a ground-breaking test to classify prostate cancer and prevent unnecessary treatment, as well as improve diagnostic tests.
And last, but by no means least, we have the fabulous fundraisers at Big C: Norfolk’s Cancer Charity. Based in Centrum they have been providing support, education and funding to Norfolk and Waveney since 1980. Each year they provide over 1000 hours of counselling and therapy support to individuals affected and their families. As well as this they provide 1000 hours of Welfare Advice sessions each year to help families cope with the financial and social impact cancer can have on a person or family.
Here at Norwich Research Park we are proud to have so many wonderful people working together to benefit the lives of those who will be touched by cancer and this article only reveals a snapshot of the work being done here on the Park; whether that’s diagnosis, treatment or just making life a little bit easier for those affected.