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Tenovus Cancer Care celebrates 50 years of research

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Tenovus Cancer Care is today (Friday 14 April) celebrating 50 years of world-class cancer research in Wales.

50 years ago today on 14 April 1967, the Tenovus Institute for Cancer Research, based at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, was opened by HRH Princess Margaret. Since then, the Institute has produced industry-leading research, changing the lives of cancer patients all over the world.

In its 50 years, the Institute has made some ground-breaking cancer discoveries. In 1975, researchers at the Institute found that a contraceptive pill was very effective at halting the growth of certain breast cancers, resulting in the discovery of Tamoxifen. Today, it is taken by millions of women each year worldwide to treat and prevent breast cancer.

Researchers at the Institute also played a key role in the research and clinical trials that led to the drug Zoladex, which has become a common therapy for both breast and prostate cancer patients.

Today, Tenovus Cancer Care continues to fund world-class cancer research. The charity funds £1million worth of research across Wales, with 43 projects looking at 10 different types of cancer including those most common in Wales; breast, prostate, bowel and lung.

Kathryn Heal’s father, Doug Mulcuck, worked at the Tenovus Institute from 1966 – 1981. Kathryn now volunteers at the Pontypridd Tenovus Cancer Care shop. She said: “Previously, my father was in the Royal Artillery during World War II. When the war ended he worked in the Albion Colliery until it closed; then he started working at the Tenovus Institute. It was his life, he absolutely loved working there. I carry on his legacy working in the Tenovus Cancer Care shop in Pontypridd, where I’ve worked for 14 years. It means a lot to me.”

Rhian Edwards, Director of Research and Support at Tenovus Cancer Care said: “At Tenovus Cancer Care we’re incredibly proud of our long and distinguished history of funding world-class research. Through our research and partnerships, we’re striving for a future where less people develop cancer and for those that do, they will be able to overcome the disease whilst receiving the right support".

“We can only continue to fund our vital work through the kind contributions and donations from members of the public. Without the army of people who support the work of Tenovus Cancer Care we couldn’t continue to fund research that makes a real difference to the lives of cancer patients and their loved ones. Thank you to everybody who has helped us make this happen over the last 50 years.”

If you would like to know more about the research that Tenovus Cancer Care supports, please visit our Research Pages