Yorkshire Cancer Research supports global COVID-19 study

Date: 15 April 2020

Yorkshire Cancer Research has teamed up with NHS Trusts across the region to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the care of cancer patients needing life-saving surgery.

The charity is supporting a global study called CovidSurg-Cancer led by Mr Aneel Bhangu, a National Institute for Health Research Clinician Scientist in Global Surgery based at the University of Birmingham.

Researchers across the world will collect data to help answer questions about how hospitals are managing surgery during the pandemic and monitor the effect on patients.

John Edwards, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is leading Yorkshire’s contribution to the research.

Funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research will help coordinate the involvement of hospitals in the region and analyse the data collected.

The results of the study will help develop policy at regional and hospital level for both this outbreak and future pandemics.

Mr Edwards said: “It is important in these unprecedented times that we conduct research which can inform our decision making and practice not just during this outbreak but for the future too. We are very grateful for the support from Yorkshire Cancer Research.”

Dr Stuart Griffiths, Director of Research and Services at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “This research is clearly needed. The findings are urgently required to ensure we can manage cancer as well as possible in the context of the pandemic.”

Contact: Nikki Brady, PR Manager, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: nikki.brady@ycr.org.uk  

About Yorkshire Cancer Research

  • Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity. 
  • Current statistics show that 594 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. 
  • Our mission is for 2,000 more people to survive cancer every year in Yorkshire. 
  • There are lots of cancer problems across the region that need to be tackled on a local level. We work in partnership with researchers, clinicians, the NHS, public health bodies and other charities to fund innovative work in four key areas: prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials.
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