Updated: Mar 14
16,000 people every year are diagnosed with a brain tumour in the United Kingdom. Too many people are being faced with the devastating diagnosis each year – every two hours, someone is diagnosed with a brain tumour in England.
Only 12% of brain tumour patients survive beyond five years of their diagnosis, whereas over 70% of breast cancer and over 40% of leukaemia patients survive beyond five years.
Brain tumours are the chief cause of cancer deaths in children and young people - in 2015, the number of children dying from cancer was 194, with brain tumours taking 67 young lives and leukaemia 46.
Brain tumours continue to kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.
Additionally, brain tumours are more common in men than in women.
Brain tumour patients lose £14,783 per year, more than double the £6,840 for all cancers.
Brain tumour patients and their families face a £11,081 net loss of income
Brain tumour patients face additional costs of £3,702 per year
Brain tumour patients are on average £14,783 worse off per year, whereas for all cancers the average cost is £6,840 per year
Added to this, patients are required to surrender their driving licence, leading to a loss of independence. This is all while facing a terrifying uncertainty about what the future holds.
Brain tumours are the most common tumours that develop in children of any age. Around 420 children are diagnosed each year in the UK.
Treatment for brain tumours depends on several factors, including the type and location of the tumour, as well as the patient's overall health. Options can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. The success of treatment depends on a variety of factors, including the type of tumour and how advanced it is at the time of diagnosis.