Launch Of Global Cancer Databank

Dame Tessa Jowell has become the first person to donate her medical information to a new global database. The database is called the Universal Cancer Databank (UCD) and will collect and store anonymised medical data from millions of people worldwide. It will be freely accessible to researchers all over the world. The database is a project by the Eliminate Cancer Initiative.

The former Labour cabinet minister was diagnosed with a brain tumour last May. She recently visited the Maggie’s Cancer Support Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and emphasised the need for kindness in cancer care. She said she hoped that the Universal Cancer Databank would help to develop better treatments and speed up the discovery of new ones. She also encouraged patients to take part in clinical trials.

In January she earned a minute-long standing ovation in the House of Lords after making a plea for more cancer treatments to be made available through the NHS. Yesterday she returned to the House of Commons where MPs paid tribute to her bravery.

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