The Importance of Research into Rarer Cancers

Most of us know something about cancer. This disease exists in many forms, which means it is highly likely you know someone – whether it’s a friend or family member – who has the disease, or has had in the past. You may even have been affected yourself.

If you asked someone to name five types of cancer, they would probably name the most common ones they are aware of. Breast cancer, lung cancer, perhaps even brain cancer, would likely be among the types they would think of. They may name some because they know someone who has been affected by that cancer, while others may come to mind purely because they receive plenty of media attention.

The more publicity we can get for all types of cancer, the better. Researching cures and treatments, raising awareness so people catch the disease earlier, and raising support and contributions – all these things are vitally important.

We could perhaps say this becomes even more important with rare cancers such as cholangiocarcinoma. AMMF, the UK’s only cholangiocarcinoma charity, does incredible work in raising awareness of this version of the disease. But many people – perhaps even most people – will never have heard of this cancer before. Many people only hear about it when they receive a diagnosis of this type, or someone close to them does.

Thrift Urban Housing supports the Gillian Advocates project, which is also closely associated with cholangiocarcinoma. Our focus is on recruiting and training people to become volunteers, so they can assist those who have been diagnosed with this cancer. Many people who receive this diagnosis are 65 and over, and some have very little support to aid them at this difficult time. By focusing on providing support, we hope we can do our bit to make life easier for those in the London boroughs who may have received such a diagnosis.

If you wish to learn more, or you want to find out if you can help us, do please visit the website now, or get in touch with us directly at Thrift Urban Housing. Thank you for all your support.

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