In the year since her own diagnosis, Baroness Tessa Jowell worked with great generosity and courage to improve the lives for brain tumour patients in the future. In that short time she helped to bring both public and Parliamentary attention to the devastating impact that brain tumours have on patients and families every day.
She highlighted the need for evaluating innovative cancer treatments through more adaptive clinical trials and the vital importance of sharing information globally in order to improve understanding and ensure “more people living longer, better lives with cancer.”
That was her pledge, and in February she acted upon it by being the first person to sign up to the Universal Cancer Databank (UCD) - the Eliminate Cancer Initiative’s project to bring together worldwide organisations and data sharing, including BRIAN here in the UK.
We are also indebted to her inspiring determination which has already driven significant progress for change. It leaves an important legacy for all in the brain tumour community, and one upon which we are committed to build.