1. ITV Report

Welsh charities help fund brain tumour research

A brain cancer research project at Cardiff University is getting almost £200,000 to fund two PhD students who will assist research into Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumours.

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Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumours are the most aggressive form of brain cancer and have the ability to invade healthy brain cells and resist drug and radiation therapies.

They're one of the biggest cancer killers of children and people under 40.

The project is aimed at developing more specific targeted therapies for patients.

Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers. Taking a lead in building up the UK's research capacity is a key priority for the charity and we are excited to be able to help support this vital research study. What's more we are proud that our initial £60k investment has facilitated a further £90k of funding from Cancer Research Wales and £30k from Cardiff University to carry out research for this woefully underfunded cancer.

– Kieran Breen, Brain Tumour Research
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The £180,000 funding was granted by Cancer Research Wales and Brain Tumour Research, and supported by the Thorne Mason Trust and Cardiff University.

The Throne Mason Trust, based near Haverfordwest, was set up by Debi and Mike Morgan after Mike was diagnosed with a GBM brain tumour in 2007.

Mike passed away in 2009 after receiving treatment.

Watch the report by James Crichton-Smith below.

When Mike was ill, I had a focus, but now that he's gone I have to cope with everything. We were together for 33 years and luckily I have our two grown up children living close by who are a great source of comfort and support.

However, nothing takes away from the fact that something happened one day and nothing will ever be the same again. Mike and I never imagined that one of us might die so relatively young - we always planned for what we would do together when we were old.

"Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer; yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. "It was Mike's wish while he was still alive that the Thorne Mason Trust could sponsor a PhD student so it is lovely that, with the support of Brain Tumour Research, we are now able to help fulfil this.

– Debi Mason, Thorne Mason Trust