Richard Dimbleby Research Fund

Funding vital research into cancer care and support

Cancer care research

Less than 5% of all cancer research funding is spent on researching the care needs of cancer patients, their carers and families, and how best to meet them. With more of us living longer with cancer we believe it is vital that cancer care is improved and made available universally through first class research.

Dimbleby Cancer Care are one of the only charitable funders in this vital field. Whether through looking at the problems experienced by older carers, or the challenges of sharing cancer information with children, Dimbleby Cancer Care is actively funding research most others don’t.

Richard Dimbleby Research Fund

Since 2004 the Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund (formerly Dimbleby Cancer Care) has awarded over £2.7million in funding for national research in the area of cancer care. Looking at issues such as exploring the role of parents and professionals in sharing illness and treatment information with children who have cancer; developing an intervention to support patients with cancer to help them share the news of their diagnosis with significant others; and developing a relevant and acceptable educational toolkit for carers of patients with breathlessness in advanced disease.

The most recent study from Manchester University uncovered the contribution, costs and economic value of family care-giving towards end of life. The results gained national interest with Jonathan Dimbleby appearing on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast and Radio4 Today to discuss the findings which revealed:

  • Family carers of people with cancer on average provide almost 70 hours of care a week to look after their relatives in the last three months of life
  • The main type of care provided was social/emotional support but carers also undertook considerable practical help, personal care and healthcare tasks
  • Carers had an average of £370 out of pocket expenditure during the last three months of the decedent’s life
  • One in six had ‘one off expenses’ during their whole time care-giving with costs of £2,000
  • Most of the care in the study – around 75% – was carried out at home
  • Through this research we can hope to effect real change through developing tool kits, implementing new care practice and laying the ground work to enable further National research
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Completed research projects

The Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund has funded research into many aspects of cancer care and support including helping those living with cancer share ‘bad news’ to friends and family, receiving End of Life care at home and the role of complementary therapies in cancer treatment.

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The Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund & Marie Curie

In 2011, RDCF under the Dimbleby Cancer Care name and Marie Curie Cancer Care collaborated to provide a £1,000,000 research fund over 2 years, focusing on end-of-life care issues, with an emphasis on improved communications and on more compassionate end-of-life care.

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Richard Dimbleby, Chair of Cancer Research

Through an endowment at King’s College London we support ground breaking research into cancer treatment. Professor Tony Ng is the Dimbleby Cancer Care Chair in Cancer Research and is based at the Dimbleby Laboratories at King’s College London. Professor Ng and his team are one of only a few in the world working on imaging techniques to identify which