The Cutting Edge Appeal supports an ambitious programme of radiotherapy related research activity within Velindre and Cardiff, building on our established track record for the delivery of the highest quality care, research excellence and clinical leadership.
The ultimate goal for the Cutting Edge Appeal is to provide the funds that will allow us to establish a Velindre Radiotherapy Research Institute which will pull together all of the different radiotherapy related research activities under a single leadership group.
This will provide an infrastructure to support clinical research into cutting edge radiation treatments and an identity providing a single source of access to external research collaborators and partners.
The Cutting Edge research areas will be:
- to develop and lead national radiotherapy trials,
- radiotherapy trials quality assurance,
- radiation treatment modelling
- laboratory-based research.
The Cutting Edge Appeal will help ensure that Velindre is recognised as a ground breaking radiotherapy research centre in the future and can continue to deliver the very highest quality radiotherapy for the people of Wales.
We all know friends, family, loved ones who have been touched by this illness. I have watched with interest ex-England rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio campaign for better access to radiotherapy treatments. As a result of this and other pressure, English Government has promised £11 million to develop SABR services and it aims to treat 750 patients per year in England. So continuing our rivalry on the field, I am very keen to ensure that cancer services in Wales are at the very least the equivalents of those in England. But I also believe if we work together, we can go further, we can be the best ‘team’ in the world.