Elizabeth Hurley visits The Royal Marsden for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, The Royal Marsden teamed up with Estee Lauder Companies to host a special visit from Elizabeth Hurley, global ambassador for the Estee Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Campaign, to raise awareness of breast cancer and of the progress being made in research.

07 October 2019

Professor Mitch Dowsett, Head of the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research and Professor Ian Smith, Consultant Medical Oncologist have received a £250,000 grant every year for over 14 years from The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993. They hosted the visit from ITV’s This Morning programme who filmed Elizabeth Hurley and the professors discussing the pioneering research the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is funding.    

After visiting the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research, Elizabeth also had the opportunity to visit Ellis ward and spoke with patients Beverley and Jan about their experiences of breast cancer.

Royal Marsden patient and social media influencer Lauren Mahon supported the visit and spoke to Elizabeth about her own experience following a diagnosis of breast cancer when she was just 31 years old.

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity has received a grant of approximately £250,000 per year for over 14 years through The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993. 

These vital funds have supported clinical research fellows, bespoke laboratory work and advanced analysis of tissue samples, and have played a major role in helping us to deliver multiple advances in translational research. 

Funding from this year’s grant will involve trying to identify, at the time of diagnosis, how specific mutations in tumours develop resistance to drugs. Identifying how this happens in an individual patient so that very early action can be taken to prevent this resistance occurring means that treatments can be used to drive the disease into a known form of resistance which can then be better dealt with.

Professor Mitch Dowsett, Head of the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research at The Royal Marsden Hospital and BCRF grantee, said: 
 
“Since I first began my career in breast cancer research, mortality rates have more than halved and promise to continue to decrease due to a combination of earlier detection and having a continuously improving range of treatments that can be tailored to the individual patient. The progress that we’ve made over the last 30 years has been phenomenal.
 
Thanks to funding from organisations including The Estée Lauder Companies through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the research we are leading on at The Royal Marsden is helping to make a difference to breast cancer patients across the UK and around the world.  This is an exciting time for breast cancer research and we’re optimistic that within the next 10 years, the vast majority of women will be cured with treatment approaches that are much better tolerated.
 
We were delighted to speak to Elizabeth about our work and have the opportunity to raise awareness with the public. It’s so important that people are aware of any changes in their own body as early detection is vital to take advantage of the improvements in care. The earlier a breast tumour is found, the better we can treat it.”
 
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with around 55,000 women diagnosed each year. Thanks to new treatments developed over the last 40 years, more women than ever are surviving the disease. However, breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women in the UK. It is critical that we detect cancer as early as possible to give us the best chance of successfully treating women and saving their lives.

 

We were delighted to speak to Elizabeth about our work and have the opportunity to raise awareness with the public

Professor Mitch Dowsett, Head of the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research at The Royal Marsden Hospital