Early Adult Diagnosis
Lewis with Steve George, who suffers from a grade 4 glioblastoma
Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40
31% of people visit a healthcare professional more than five times before being diagnosed
Evidence shows that when cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, the treatment options are much greater and the outcomes better. Despite this and the fact that brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of adults under 40, brain tumours have not been prioritised and survival rates have not increased over the past 40 years.
Late diagnosis can have devastating long-term side effects and stories like this are sadly all too common:
“We lost my Dad to a glioblastoma grade 4. We realised that something was wrong but his doctor wouldn't listen to us. After taking him to the hospital myself, they scanned him and found a huge mass to the left front of his brain. He was rushed to a specialist hospital and had an operation on 23 December. On Christmas Eve we were informed that they were only able to remove 80% of the tumour. He was given a maximum of 3 months to live. He never came home again.”
That’s why we have chosen to fund the two year research project being undertaken by Dr Paul Brennan, Senior Lecturer in neurosurgery at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Brennan is leading a team researching new guidelines to tackle adult late diagnosis of brain tumours.
“Collaborating between Edinburgh, Bristol and Exeter, our researchers are aiming to understand why delays in brain tumour diagnosis occur so that we can reduce these delays. Our ultimate goal is to get brain tumour diagnoses sooner so that treatments for patients living with brain tumours can hopefully be more effective.”
Dr Paul Brennan, Project Lead
The Lewis Moody Foundation relies 100% on voluntary donations. By raising money for The Foundation, you can help us fund Dr Brennan’s work to improve the lives of families affected by critical illness in the future.
Together we are tackling illness and fulfilling dreams. Thank you.