Cancer Tsar speaks to full house at Cancerkin lecture

Last night, breast cancer charity Cancerkin[1] welcomed Professor Sir Mike Richards, National Clinical Director for Cancer at the Department of Health and UK cancer Tsar to give its first annual lecture, “Tackling breast cancer in England: progress and challenges”.  Professor Sir Richards spoke to an audience of over 100 guests at the Royal Free Hospital in North London. During the lecture, he explained both the progress made and the challenges still ahead in terms of breast cancer prevention and treatment in England, before fielding questions from the audience.

Professor Sir Mike Richards was appointed as the first National Cancer Director in October 1999.  In 2000 he led the development of the NHS Cancer Plan, the first comprehensive strategy to tackle cancer in England and was then responsible for overseeing its implementation.  More recently he has led the development of the Cancer Reform Strategy and the first ever End of Life Care Strategy.


Tackling breast cancer in England – cancer Tsar to speak at Cancerkin lecture

Cancerkin[1] – a breast cancer charity based at the Royal Free Hospital in London – will hold its inaugural annual lecture on Monday 28th February 2011, entitled “Tackling breast cancer in England: progress and challenges”. The charity has the honour of welcoming Professor Sir Mike Richards CBE MD FRCP DSc (Hons), National Clinical Director for Cancer at the Department of Health and UK cancer Tsar, to give the lecture and take questions from the audience.

Professor Sir Mike Richards was appointed as the first National Cancer Director in October 1999.  In 2000 he led the development of the NHS Cancer Plan, the first comprehensive strategy to tackle cancer in England and was then responsible for overseeing its implementation.  More recently he has led the development of the Cancer Reform Strategy and the first ever End of Life Care Strategy.

Chief Executive, Victoria Todd, said, “Sadly, more women are being diagnosed with breast cancer but the good news is more are surviving. We are looking forward to hearing Sir Mike Richards tell us about progress and challenges in the fight against breast cancer.”

The lecture will take place in the Atrium at the Royal Free Hospital.  Welcome drinks will be served from 5.30pm before the lecture begins at 6.15pm.

For reservations and more information, please contact Laura Smith at l.smith@cancerkin.org.uk or call 0207 830 2323.

 


Notes to Editors

[1] Set up in 1987 as the first hospital-based, dedicated breast cancer charity in the UK, Cancerkin offers supportive care services to those living with the disease. The charity helps hundreds of women each year deal with the trauma of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Cancerkin’s objectives are:

  • to provide information, treatment, supportive care and rehabilitation for patients with breast cancer and support for those close to them
  • to offer education and training for health professionals, students and volunteers
  • to undertake and collaborate in research into breast cancer and benign breast disease
  • to evolve with the changing management of breast cancer in order to make the very best use of our funding, staff and volunteer time.