Improving access to cancer treatment and support for everyone
We believe everyone in Wales should have equal access to cancer treatment and support, so we work hard to take our services right into the heart of communities.
Our two Mobile Support Units travel across Wales delivering chemotherapy and lymphoedema treatments because we know journeys to and from hospital for cancer treatment can be expensive, long and stressful. So we bring treatment closer to people’s homes. We work with every Health Board in Wales to help save cancer patients those long journeys to and from hospital and every year we save patients around 45,000 miles.
Over the years we’ve treated more than 5,000 patients and delivered nearly 25,000 treatments on our Mobile Support Units. We are continually expanding the services we can offer on board and now offer counselling, welfare advice and health checks.
We launched our second Unit in October 2013 which is dedicated to the treatment, support and care of lymphoedema, a condition often caused by cancer treatment.
To deliver unique support services to cancer patients and their families
Our range of Cancer Support services have been specifically designed to meet the needs of cancer patients and their families and are free for as long as they are needed. Our free Support Line (0808 808 1010) is open 8am – 8pm, 365 days a year. Last year our nurses handled about 13,000 calls from people needing our support.
Our Cancer Support Advisors are based in local hospitals and communities and give advice to help cancer patients and their families make ends meet. They carry out benefits assesments and help fill out complex forms, so people can access the money they're entitled to. Each year we help around 3,000 people and in 2015/16 we helped claim £3.5 million for cancer patients and their loved ones.
Funding research to develop treatments and support those living with and beyond cancer
In the 1960s we built the Tenovus Institute for Cancer Research in Cardiff which carried out vital research into the causes of cancer. Our scientists developed the use of Tamoxifen, now used worldwide to treat breast cancer, and Zoladex which treats prostate cancer.
We fund researchers of tomorrow who are looking for the cure, as well as the researchers who are looking into the best ways we can care and support the people affected by cancer today. We do this by working with world-leading cancer experts, as well as patients themselves, to make sure we fund not only the best research, but the most relevant.
We currently fund research students in Universities across Wales, covering a wide range of subjects from development of new drugs and treatments to the social and practical implications of a cancer diagnosis.
Our iGrants fund innovative, people-focused research projects that look at prevention, detection, treatment, and support. The grants are awarded by our Research Advisory Group (RAG) which is made up of people affected by cancer who help us decide upon the research we fund.
In 2010 we carried out research that demonstrated that singing in a choir improved the quality of life of cancer patients, survivors, their families and carers. We now have 19 Sing with Us choirs across Wales and England to support anyone affected by cancer.
Explore new ways to help prevent cancer
Our Online Health Check helps people learn more about how to reduce their risk of cancer, while also helping to identify pre-existing warning signs of the disease. We take our Health Check into communities, companies and events across Wales.
During the year we also run campaigns to help people quit smoking and raise awareness of sun safety. Our Suncream Van (a converted Ice Cream Van) attends events during the summer, spreading our sun safety message!
We have over 60 charity shops in Wales and South West England, which as well as raising vital funds, create jobs and volunteer roles, helping raise awareness of our work in communities. We have around 2,000 volunteers across the charity who last year gave nearly 300,000 hours of their time!
A full overview of our achievements can be seen in our Impact Report 2015/16