What does cancer research money go to? We spend money on the very best projects that come our way, so we don’t have set amounts to spend on each cancer type. But we do keep an eye out for projects that will help speed up progress for cancers with very low survival, such as lung, pancreatic, oesophageal and brain tumours.
How much money does Cancer Research UK make a year? Our total income for 2017/18 was £634 million. This was raised through: Donations (£192 million) – Donations included regular gifts, major donations and money raised by local fundraising groups and corporate partners. Legacies (£182 million) – Over 6,000 people left a gift to Cancer Research UK in their will.
Does the UK Government fund cancer research? Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for our research, but our work does not take place in isolation. We need research in universities and the NHS to be world-class so that we can fund the best science and find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
What Has Cancer Research UK achieved? We are the world’s most successful academic institution at discovering new cancer treatments. Since 2005 alone, we have discovered 20 drug candidates, 11 of which have progressed into clinical development. We have also led radiotherapy trials which have transformed clinical practice.