Resources & Links
This list includes organisations we work with and useful sources of information.
Cancer Research UK
Our aim is to save lives from cancer. We do this through funding world-class research, providing information for patients, health professionals and the public, and influencing public policy to keep cancer at the top of the health agenda.
Royal College of Radiologists
The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) is a professional membership body for doctors training and working in the medical specialties of clinical radiology and clinical radiology. Clinical radiologists and clinical oncologists are doctors who diagnose injury and disease and treat cancer.
Check their website for information on treatments.
UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre
The Centre was established to coordinate biobanking activity in the UK. Our flagship product is our directory of biobanks that allows researchers to find biobanks across the UK. https://www.biobankinguk.org/
For more information on donating tissue got to
Give My Sample an independent website designed to help you decide if you want to give samples for medical research http://www.givemysample.org/
WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)
The mission of the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform is to ensure that a complete view of research is accessible to all those involved in health care decision making. This will improve research transparency and will ultimately strengthen the validity and value of the scientific evidence base.
National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients (NABCOP)
NABCOP is a national clinical audit run by the Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) and the Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS). NABCOP is working to improve the quality of hospital care for older patients with breast cancer. NABCOP
Cancer and Nutrition - NIHR infrastructure collaboration
Cancer now represents the major cause of mortality in the UK, and nutritional factors play an important role in the prevention, development and treatment of cancer. While the UK has internationally competitive research in both nutrition and cancer, there is only a relatively small amount on the overlap between the two areas.
Initiated in early 2014, the Cancer and Nutrition NIHR infrastructure collaboration is coordinated by the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre (Southampton BRC) to bring together a range of interdisciplinary stakeholders in order to bring coherence to existing activities and provide a coordinated framework for future research into nutrition and cancer. The Collaboration is facilitated by the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure(NOCRI) and World Cancer Research Fund UK (WCRF UK).
Discover more and download the latest report at Cancer and Nutrition
Cancer Campaigning Group
The Cancer Campaigning Group (CCG) is a coalition of national cancer-related charities representing service providers, research, advocacy and campaigning groups for cancer patients and their families. Founded in 2002, it enables cancer charities to speak and campaign with a single unified voice.
The aim of the CCG is to campaign for improved cancer policy and services in the areas of prevention; care and treatment; patient involvement and choice; and research.
Confederation of Cancer Biobanks (CCB)
The National Cancer Research Institute's (NCRI) Confederation of Cancer Biobanks (CCB) is a consortium of organisations based in the UK that are involved in the development, management and use of biobank resources for cancer research. It was launched in 2006 and the secretariat is provided by NCRI.
ICPV members Maggie Wilcox and Derek Stewart are lay members of the board and regularly speak at events. For more information go to
To download the new standards go to http://ccb.ncri.org.uk/biobanking/harmonisation-and-benchmarking
Breast Cancer Now
UK’s largest breast cancer research charity
A number of ICPV members are involved with the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank http://breastcancertissuebank.org/about-tissue-bank.php
Association of Breast Surgery (ABS)
In recent years there have been enormous advances in the treatment of breast cancer. However, few people appreciate that surgery remains the foundation of treatment and is responsible for curing many people.
Whilst there have been many significant breakthroughs with new cancer drugs, less is known about the advances in cancer surgery over this time. Breast cancer surgery has changed so that complete removal of tumours can now be achieved as well as a good cosmetic result. As a result, more people are now able to lead normal and fulfilling lives.
The Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) is working to improve surgery and standards of care for people with breast cancer. Along with the other specialist surgical societies, we have promoted specialisation of UK surgeons to ensure that patients see surgeons with a special interest in breast cancer. The ABS will continue to promote earlier diagnosis, develop better treatment and guidelines to ensure high quality treatment for all in the UK
Manchester Breast Centre
The mission of the MBC is to create a world-class centre for basic and translational breast cancer research, leading to effective detection and treatment of women at risk, and ultimately
elimination of the disease. The MBC currently consists of 19 Principal Investigators and is directed by Dr Robert Clarke, Reader in Breast Biology, Breast Cancer Now Research Unit.
The aim of the MBC is to enhance research in breast biology and breast disease through collaboration and two major units are incorporated: Prevent Breast Cancer Centre, which was established in 2009 and is based at University Hospital of South Manchester in Wythenshawe, and the Breast Cancer Now Research Unit, which was established in 2008, and is based in the Institute of Cancer Sciences at The University of Manchester.
The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) is a UK-wide partnership between the government, charity and industry which promotes co-operation in
cancer research among the 22 member organisations for the benefit of patients, the public and the scientific community.
Kidney Cancer Support Network (KCSN)
KCSN is the UK’s largest and most active patient-led kidney cancer charity. Whether you are a patient, survivor or someone you know has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, you have come to the right place to find support and information, and to be part of a caring and knowledgeable community of people: We are here to help you.
The KCSN has been supporting kidney cancer patients and carers since 2006. We are a very special type of charity. We are all cancer patients or carers to people with kidney cancer, and we provide a very special type of support because we know just what you are going through.
Join the KCSN community and be part of our network of patients and carers across the UK. Share information in our Knowledge Forum and please complete the Patient Registry to help inform research into kidney cancer.
Consumer Liaison Group (CLG)
The Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) operates to improve the quality, relevance and benefit of cancer research for patients and their families through the active involvement of patients, carers and the public.
The Group brings together people with personal experiences of cancer, including patients, carers and relatives with an active interest in research. It also works with representatives from cancer support organisations, researchers, charities, research funders and other health and research professionals.
The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Clinical Studies Groups’ (CSG) portfolio maps were created to provide a visual representation of a CSG’s current research activity and are comprised of studies that are open and recruiting and those funded and in set-up. Studies that are closed to recruitment or in development without secured funding will not appear on the portfolio maps. Only studies found on the United Kingdom Clinical Research Network (UKCRN) database of studies will appear on the portfolio maps, which includes studies adopted by the National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN) and studies added by the devolved nations. The maps were developed by the CSG Research Project Officers in collaboration with the NCRI CSGs and NCRN. They are updated on a monthly basis and are available to download below.
INVOLVE is a national advisory group that supports greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research
52 per cent (recent statistics show an increase to 53%) of UK cancer deaths are from the less common cancers.
Despite this, the less common cancers remain severely under represented and under-funded across all areas, including policy, services and research.
Cancer52 is an alliance of more than 50 organisations working to address this inequality and improve outcomes for patients with these highly challenging diseases.
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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.