Our funds are used, in the main, for education for members, including study days and the VOICE course, and attending conferences and meetings. We have been fortunate in that so far all our
speakers and meeting organisers have donated their time and the costs incurred were put to ensuring volunteers are able to attend.
Our income since we began has come from a variety of sources, including pharmaceutical companies (35%), members’ fundraising (13%), health charities (20%) academia (19%),and fees charged (7%). We are aware that we need to remain independent of pharmaceutical companies. However, it is in the interest of all cancer patients that effective drugs are developed, and we feel that donations from pharmaceutical companies are therefore appropriate.
We believe that it is important for researchers to budget for lay input to new trials when making funding applications and we aim to recoup some of our costs in this way; this is needed to enable the participation of some members.
Members and trustees receive no payment from ICPV, except travel expenses and generously donate their time and expertise.
For more detailed information on our accounts please contact the Treasurer.
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VOICE 2020 - Science for Patient Advocates - cancelled
Due to COVID-10 we have had to postpone the course for 2020. Click here for more information.
FAST-Forward Trial Results
A one-week course of radiotherapy in fewer but larger daily doses was found to be as safe and effective as standard three-week therapy for women following surgery for early stage breast cancer. Trial results now published. Two ICPV members provided the PPI for this key trial. Full details can be found on the ICR Website.
ICPV Brighton Summer School Aug 2019
ICPV was once again hosted by SHORE-C at the University of Sussex. Click here for more info.
San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2018
ICPV member Pat Fairbrother attended this event on an Alamo Foundation Scholarship. Click here to read her review.
Gap Analysis in Breast Surgery Published
The 2013 Breast Cancer Campaign gap analysis established breast cancer research priorities without a specific focus on surgical research or the role of surgeons on breast cancer research. This Review aims to identify opportunities and priorities for research in breast surgery to complement the 2013 gap analysis. Click here for more information
ICPV Review 2018
We have at last published a new edition of our review. This was achieved by a grant from Novartis. Click here for more information.
Award for ICPV Member
Many congratulations to ICPV member Margaret Grayson. On 21 April 2018 she received the Iris Colvin Lifetime Achievement Award for Health, presented by the Women’s Forum of Northern Ireland. This is very well deserved for her tireless work in furthering cancer research especially in Northern Ireland.
Warwick Clinical Trials
12 members of ICPV attended a residential Clinical Trials Course at the University of Warwick from 17th to 19th April 2018. The course was run by Professor Janet Dunn and covered the different types of studies undertaken; consent; trial design; statistics and bringing a drug to market. One of the highlights of the course was a visit to the West Midlands Surgical Training Centre where delegates had the privilege of seeing real body parts and having basic anatomy explained to them by the team. The delegates would like to thank Professor Janet Dunn for her outstanding enthusiasm and for her generous hospitality.
Open letter calling on Government to prioritise interests of cancer patients in Brexit negotiations
ICPV have come together with 18 other cancer charities to put our names to an open letter to Government. We want Government to prioritise seeking continued alignment with the EU drug licensing
process and Clinical Trials Regulation after Brexit. It is hoped this letter will be published in the national press in the near future.
See below to read.
2017 Summer School
The 2017 ICPV Summer School was held over two days in June at Stirling University. The theme of the event was Cancer Survivorship and Living Well Cancer. Click below for details of the course. More details.
A snapsot video of the the 2016 course is now available on YouTube VOICE2016
At the BACR/ECMC conference in July Maggie Wilcox and Mairead Mackenzie were persuaded to speak to the camera. Maggie gave a background to ICPV and our aims and objectives. While Mairead focused on her specific interests and activities. To view follow the links below.