“But mum was brilliant. She’d come to stay, make dinner for my boys if I didn’t feel great, help keep things ticking along and just listen if I wanted to talk. In 2021 when Mum got news she had breast cancer the tables were turned and I helped her. I’m proud of how my mum has tackled everything. She’s wonderful and l love that she’s well now to enjoy life as a mum and a grandma. If we can help other families facing cancer then we will.
“While there have been huge advances in treatment options for more common cancers like breast cancer, there is so much more to do. It’s brilliant to know that this world class, life-saving research is happening right here in Scotland and in the heart of the city where we live.”
Now Claire and her mum, Anne, who are both in remission, have vowed to do everything they can to help give others more moments with their loved ones.
Building excellence in Scotland
This funding award follows a comprehensive review of the Institute led by an independent panel of international cancer experts.
In recognition of the success of the Institute as a national centre of excellence, and to enable wider global recognition, the facility – formerly known as the Beatson Institute – will have the new title of the Cancer Research UK Scotland Institute.
Cancer Research UK invests around £33m in Scotland each year, including the Cancer Research UK Scotland Institute and grants awarded to research groups at universities across Scotland.
The charity also funds Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMCs) in Glasgow and Edinburgh. These form part of a network of 17 ECMCs across the UK which deliver clinical trials of new experimental treatments in patients in conjunction with local NHS facilities.
“This recognition of the hard work and determination of our researchers to find new ways to tackle cancer, as well as improve current treatments, is a major boost for both future cancer patients in Scotland and for the newly titled Cancer Research UK Scotland Institute,” added Professor Sansom.