Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in Wales and England. There are nearly 2000 people newly diagnosed with lung cancer in Wales every year, so it is a significant health problem. Although most cases are associated with smoking, we are seeing an increasing number of sufferers who have never smoked.
More people in the UK survive cancer now than ever before thanks to early detection and better treatments
The Lung Cancer campaign at Velindre is called the Stepping Stones Appeal and funds local research into treatments and management of the illness. Although lung cancer is the most common form of cancer death in Wales, lung cancer research has been relatively poorly supported compared to other higher profile forms of cancer.
The Stepping Stones Appeal will provide
- Funding for local lung cancer research projects. It is increasingly difficult to fund research in medicine and increased income means we will be able to provide support for local research projects looking at improving patient care.
- Educational grants to doctors, nurses and other health professionals involved in the care of lung cancer patients.
- Equipment provision. Advances in technology mean that treatment is being delivered more efficiently and safely.
From the day when I heard the dreaded news that I had lung cancer, my life changed forever. Those of you that have been there will know how frightening the unknown is. Velindre - the name was enough - we’ve all heard of it. It’s a place where other people go. Not me. What a surprise I had. It was as if they were waiting for me with open arms to take me on this awful journey to a little corner of Heaven and God was there. God was Dr Lester who will always be such a very special person to me. When I met him, I knew I was in safe hands and I continued to be in awe at the care and devotion shown to me by them all. If any of you have to go to Velindre, do not be afraid - amongst other things there’s a good canteen! I never thought about cancer research - I did not need it-but I certainly benefited and that is why we need to help these wonderful people try and find the answers and strive for a cancer free world for our children.