About the Seve Ballesteros Foundation
for Cancer Research UK
In October 2008, Seve faced the "toughest match of his life". He collapsed at Madrid Airport and, following the discovery of a brain tumour the size of two golf balls, underwent life-saving brain surgery at La Paz hospital in Madrid. The courage and determination he had shown for 30 years on the golf course helped him in his greatest challenge.
In 2009, Seve set up the Seve Ballesteros Foundation in partnership with Cancer Research UK to raise money for brain cancer research. His aim was to make a real difference in the fight against brain cancer. Seve was moved by the support the British public showed him during his fight with brain cancer and it became his ambition to help those diagnosed with the disease in the future.
Each year in the UK around 9,300 people are diagnosed with brain and central nervous system tumours.
Although the outlook varies greatly between different types of tumours, the current overall survival rates for malignant brain tumours are poor, only 15% of people will survive for five years or more after their diagnosis.
Seve set up his Foundation in partnership with Cancer Research UK in 2009 to raise money for research into brain tumours. Cancer Research UK is the world’s largest charity dedicated to cancer research. Their scientists and doctors have contributed to most of the world’s top cancer drugs and they pioneered the use of radiotherapy to treat cancer.
Within the field of brain tumours, Cancer Research UK contributed to the discovery of the drug Temozolomide. It is used worldwide to treat people with the most common type of brain tumour. Many thousands of people have benefited from treatment with this drug including Seve himself.
Why research is needed
There are around 100 different types of brain tumour and the tumour type, and where it develops, varies with age. Treatments that can be offered to patients will vary depending on the location, size and type of tumour. This complexity increases the need for good quality, broad-ranging research.
Cancer Research UK is a world leader in basic research, aiming to understand the fundamental biological processes that are at work in cancer cells. The knowledge gained from this work will help to find new ways to tackle many different forms of the disease, including brain tumours.
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