How you’re helping cancer patients

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. But life shouldn’t stop with a diagnosis.

At The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, we will never stop looking for ways to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

The Oak Cancer Centre will speed up the translation of world-leading research into breakthroughs in treatment and care, transforming the lives of cancer patients at The Royal Marsden and beyond.

  • 1 new state-of-the-art centre
  • 400 clinical researchers under one roof
  • 140,000 visits from cancer patients each year
  • 5,000 more people will be able to receive an early diagnosis, saving lives

The money you raise by taking part in The Banham Marsden March at Home will help to make it happen.

Valerie’s Story

Your support will help our research teams develop targeted life-saving treatments, such as immunotherapy, which boosts the body’s natural defences to fight the disease.

This means you’ll be changing the lives of people like Valerie, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2017, and benefitted from an immunotherapy clinical trial at The Royal Marsden.  

Valerie said:

“When I was diagnosed, I was told my cancer was incurable and that it was likely to be advanced and spread to my bones. It was a real shock to hear this and my family were very worried about me.

I was referred to The Royal Marsden for surgery, and from October 2017 to July 2018, my scans showed no disease recurrence. But then, in December 2018, my scan showed the disease had relapsed in my left lung and my right adrenal gland. I was referred to Professor Gore, who felt I was an ideal candidate for immunotherapy. I am always keen to try anything new and felt very hopeful about this trial. I readily accepted and signed up to the PRISM trial in 2019.

Since I started on the trial, each scan has seen a reduction in the tumours. My latest scan, in January 2021, was stable with no evidence of disease relapse. To hear that news was incredible! I owe so much to The Royal Marsden. The research and clinical trials undertaken at the hospital are fantastic. They have saved my life. This is why the new Oak Cancer Centre is so brilliant. It will make such a difference to more patients like me and will help continue the wonderful progression in cancer treatments.”

Sign up to The Banham Marsden March at Home on Sunday 23 May and help change the lives of more people like Valerie.