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Our cancer research

At Tenovus Cancer Care we’ve funded life-saving and life-changing research for over 50 years. We’re finding new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat it, as well as striving to find innovative ways to improve the lives of people living with cancer today.

Our research history

In 1967 the Tenovus Institute for Cancer Research, based at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, was opened by HRH Princess Margaret. In its 50 years, the Institute has made some ground-breaking cancer discoveries, changing the lives of cancer patients all over the world.

In 1975, researchers there found that a contraceptive pill was very effective at halting the growth of certain breast cancers, resulting in the discovery of Tamoxifen. Today, Tamoxifen 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.

Research today

Today, we continue to fund world-class cancer research which covers a variety of projects including prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, support, survivorship and end of life care.. Our research in the lab investigates how cancers form and develops new drugs for some of the hardest to treat cancers. Our projects in the community look at how to improve the lives of people throughout their cancer journey. We also work in partnership with Healthboards and other funding bodies.

Below are the different types of research we currently fund:

  • Lab based PhDs
  • Community based PhDs
  • iGrants
  • Research Strategy Grants
  • KESS Studentships
  • RCBC Projects

Click here to see our handy map which shows the research we fund across Wales into all cancers. Click here to see the breakdown of our research spend by cancer type. 

To find out more about the research we funded in 2018/19 read our Research Impact Report. To find out more about how we engaged with people about our research in 2018/19, read our Research Engagement Impact Report.

Get involved in research – join our Research Network

We’re committed to putting the needs of people affected by cancer at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we conduct and support research which involves patients, carers and healthcare professionals.

Our Research Network

We’re always funding and developing new and exciting projects and are keen to get people who’ve been affected by cancer involved. This could include:

  • Filling in a survey
  • Taking part in a focus group
  • Being interviewed either by phone or face-to-face
  • Identifying research priorities
  • Commenting and developing patient information leaflets or other research materials

If you’d like to get involved and help us to help other cancer patients and their families, please complete the form below. We’ll send you quarterly updates by email (you can unsubscribe at any time) about the opportunities and projects available to take part in, either conducted or funded by us, or by other cancer researchers, as well as the latest news from our research team.

  • We promise to always keep your details safe and will never sell them. If you no longer want to hear from us, just email us at preferences@tenovuscancercare.org.uk or give us a call on 029 2076 8850. For more details, see our Privacy Policy.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about our research please contact our team on research@tenovuscancercare.org.uk or call 029 2076 8850.

Our choirs are fun and friendly

More than singing

Since setting up our first choir in 2010, we’ve wanted to find out more about the benefits of singing for people affected by cancer. Our choir members have always told us that singing and being a member of the choir makes them feel better, but we wanted to understand the science behind it.

Our Sing with Us choir research