Cancer Vaccines Charitable Trust (CVCT) is a charity based in Warwickshire seeking to promote and support the use of vaccines in the treatment and cure of cancer.
The UK is a world leader in basic research in cancer but only a very small proportion of new ideas and discoveries make it into patients. And only a minority of these treatments make it through to being available to all.
Many doctors and cancer specialists believe vaccine technology could offer great hope and lead to an entirely new form of cancer treatment and cure. They are used to treat cancer that is already established, rather than prevent it occurring in someone who does not yet have the disease. Cancer vaccines typically will have fewer side effects than current chemotherapy, radiotherapy or monoclonal antibody therapy, therefore vaccines will improve the quality of life of cancer patients.
We recognise the important potential of this approach to cancer treatment but also that it is often hampered by poor funding. CVCT is therefore, seeking to secure sufficient initial donations to enable it to work with the larger funding bodies and charities. It will then direct these combined sums towards helping the cancer vaccine projects in CVCT’s portfolio. These projects typically focus on vaccines being developed by small establishments with limited resources which do not have the manpower to dedicate to raising the needed financial support. This is where CVCT would like to help.