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Pr gress The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity Newsletter ISSUE 23

Make someone smile Help us celebrate our ten10 campaign and support our appeal for two new MRI scanners


A welcome from our Chairman

elcome to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s Progress newsletter. We have much to look back on over the past six months, as well as a number of exciting projects to look forward to. In January, we were privileged that HRH The Duke of Cambridge helped launch our new campaign – ten10: a decade of innovation at The Royal Marsden – by recording a special video message. My thanks also go to those who have supported ten10 so far, including footballer Jermain Defoe, who attended our launch event, and actor Nathaniel Parker, who presented a film that demonstrates both the impact of your charitable support and how you can get involved in the campaign. Turn to page 4 to read more. I would also personally like to welcome Tim McInnis as Director of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Tim joins us from the University of Durham where he was Director of the Office of Principal Gifts and Special Representative for the Vice-Chancellor. He previously held a range of development and fundraising roles in the USA. I am looking forward to working with Tim to enable the charity to grow so that we can further the vital work of The Royal Marsden. Finally, the Rally Against Cancer event at The Queen’s Club in June promises to be a great occasion. This all-star doubles match on finals day of the Aegon Championships is in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. We are delighted to be working with Ross Hutchins – the British Davis Cup tennis player and patient at The Royal Marsden – the Lawn Tennis Association and The Queen’s Club on such an incredible opportunity. Thank you for your continued support.

R. Ian Molson Chairman, The Royal Marsden 2 The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Help us ace cancer Top tennis players and big-name celebrities will feature in an all-star doubles match in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity this June. Rally Against Cancer has been organised by British tennis player Ross Hutchins (above), who is being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at The Royal Marsden. World number three Andy Murray – a close friend of Ross – and former British number one Tim Henman will play in the match, which takes place on Centre Court at The Queen’s Club in west London on Sunday 16 June, the finals day of the Aegon Championships. Aegon is generously donating £18 to the charity for every ticket sold, along with proceeds from an auction on the day of the match. The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), which owns the Aegon Championships, is also contributing £10 for every ace served during the tournament. Find out more about this exciting event at rally-against-cancer

The Royal Marsden is an unbelievable place that helps thousands of people in situations similar to mine ROSS HUTCHINS, TENNIS PLAYER


An exciting future ahead Professor David Cunningham, Director of Clinical Research at The Royal Marsden, explains how the two new MRI scanners will lead to groundbreaking research and treatment “The importance of imaging for clinical research is already recognised, with contributions made to breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment planning for oesophageal and rectal cancer patients. “What is especially exciting is that, in the future, we will be able to use these scanners in clinical research to improve the way we diagnose and plan treatment for patients across the whole spectrum of tumour types. Patients will ultimately benefit from even more accurate staging and tumour-response evaluation, and a personalised treatment plan for all cancer types.”

New scanners will open up a world of pioneering research possibilities With new magnetic resonance imaging scanners, our clinical teams will see tumours more clearly and develop new imaging techniques he Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is currently raising funds for two new MRI scanners – a 1.5T and a 3.0T – which will enable us to provide detailed images of patients’ tumours and improve patient comfort. Equally important are the research possibilities that the two scanners will offer. Through groundbreaking clinical research, we will be able to influence the way radiologists at The Royal Marsden and across the UK deliver the best cancer diagnosis and treatment. Through pioneering imaging

research, we can discover better ways to scan different types of tumours effectively – each scan records in great detail the procedure followed, establishing essential imaging protocols that help us to consistently produce the best-quality scans for each tumour type. At The Royal Marsden, the imaging needs of our clinicians will inform the clinical research we carry out. Our MRI experts will research and develop new imaging protocols to determine which ones are most effective in delivering the scans needed.

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The result will be images that are far superior to anything we’ve produced before – and key tools to help us stay at the forefront of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

We need to raise

£6.95 million

to make this a reality. Donate today at www. 3

Celebrate a decade of innovation with us And be part of the next 10 years of innovation at The Royal Marsden ver the past decade, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity has funded many groundbreaking projects at The Royal Marsden. Throughout 2013, our ten10 campaign celebrates these incredible achievements and looks ahead to making even greater progress over the next 10 years. Each month the campaign is highlighting a different project or facility and the impact it has had on cancer treatment, both at The Royal Marsden and across the country. To read about the


projects and an interactive timeline of achievements, visit Staff and celebrity support In January, Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Jermain Defoe, whose father was treated at The Royal Marsden, helped to get the campaign off to a great start. He attended a launch event held at the Oak Centre for Children and Young People, a leading paediatric facility funded by the charity. Hospital staff, among them Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Dr Nick Van As, are backing the campaign together with a host of celebrities, including Sir Paul McCartney, Michaela Strachan and actor Nathaniel Parker, who presented a film to highlight the impact of your support. HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of The Royal Marsden, has also recorded a personal video message of support. To watch the film and the video message, visit How you can get involved Throughout the year, we are asking people to use their birthday to show their support. Please donate your birthday and ask friends and family to make a donation to the charity instead of buying you a gift. To pledge your 2013 birthday, visit ten10 and set up your own ten10 JustGiving page. Then, simply email this page to your colleagues, friends and family and ask them to make a donation instead of buying you a birthday present this year.

Timeline of achievements

Rapid Diagnostic and Assessment Centre

With your help, we have funded groundbreaking developments in four key areas: research, diagnosis, treatment and care Weston Theatre Suite

Drug Development Unit








PET/CT scanner da Vinci S surgical robot

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Bud Flanagan Ambulatory Care Unit


Donate your birthday It’s easy to raise funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity by donating your birthday. Register at ten10 and follow the instructions to set up your JustGiving page. Email this page to your colleagues, friends and family asking them to make a donation instead of buying you a gift. Visit the ten10 website to see photos of staff and celebrities who are also donating their birthdays in 2013. Sir Paul McCartney is donating his 2013 birthday

A decade of innovation at The Royal Marsden Football star Jermain Defoe with young patients at the Oak Centre for Children and Young People


Centre for Molecular Pathology Ellis Ward and Horder Ward

Medical Day Unit





Translational Genetics Laboratory

MRI scanners Oak Centre for Children and Young People

Critical Care Unit

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Marsden Marchers stride out, including Jack Stepney (left) and Ross Hutchins (below left)

If you missed this year’s Marsden March, you can still join in with your own special event. See the back cover to find out how

Super supporters on the March This year’s Marsden March was the biggest and most successful yet, with 4,500 people walking between The Royal Marsden’s Chelsea and Sutton sites upporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity once again joined patients and hospital staff on The Marsden March, with 4,500 people walking together to take on cancer – and the cold and wet weather didn’t dampen their spirits on this fantastic occasion. Jack Stepney, aged 10, walked with his dad Scott. Jack has taken part in all three Marsden Marches for his mum, Michelle, who was pregnant with twins when she needed treatment at the hospital. “I’m walking to say thank you


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for my mum,” said Jack. “The treatment saved her life and my twin sisters, too.” More than 200 members of hospital staff also took part. Erica Scurr, Radiology Services Manager, said: “It’s been a very emotional and fulfilling day.” This year, we welcomed tennis player, patient and supporter Ross Hutchins. Pop star Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred returned, this time walking with his brother Fred. Thank you to the walkers, volunteers, entertainers and caterers who helped make the day a success.

To see photos from the day and read some of our walker stories, visit www.royalmarsden. org/march You can also register your interest f0r next year’s March – we’ll email you a few weeks before registration opens to the public so that you can sign up and secure your place before the rush.


Goldsmiths gets going Goldsmiths has got off to a great start in its partnership with The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, with several fundraising activities planned. Staff will be jumping out of planes, cycling 50km and running the London Marathon, as well as holding in-store fundraising activities across the company’s 118 UK stores. Thanks to Goldsmiths for an excellent start to our charity partnership.

Sponsor a special day Help raise vital funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity by sponsoring a day that’s special to you We all have days that are special to us. Whether it’s a treatment milestone, your birthday, or the day your loved one finished their cancer treatment, you can celebrate it with us by placing your chosen name on our Sponsor a Day calendar in the main reception of either our Chelsea or Sutton hospital. By sponsoring a special day you will help the 50,000 cancer patients treated at The Royal Marsden each year. If you sponsor a day, your chosen name will be written by hand on a

colourful board and displayed at your selected hospital for one year from the date of your donation, as well as on The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity website on the day itself. For more details, please visit “A wonderful way to celebrate the days that are special to us” – Roberta and Richard Luxton, supporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

To find out how your company can support The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, visit www. companies

Southern’s support Thank you to the 19-strong Southern Railway team who took part in this year’s Marsden March. The partnership to date has raised almost £17,000 for the charity. Further thanks to Southern Railway for once again helping us to promote The Marsden March and recruit new walkers at London Victoria and Sutton stations.

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You don’t have to wait until next year to walk in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Simply start your own Marsden March event – and march any time, anywhere. Find out more at mymarch

Progress, issue 23  
Progress, issue 23  

The magazine for supporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity