👤 By Adenike Lucas
The family of the late Dame Tessa Jowell have welcomed Government plans to increase funding for brain cancer research.
Dame Tessa, a former Member of Parliament for Dulwich and West Norwood and Culture Secretary lost her battle with glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour on Saturday.
The 70-year-old, a Labour peer, spent her last moments calling for better treatment to be given to brain cancer patients on the NHS.
Following her death, the government has announced plans to set up a Dame Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Research Mission.
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The Prime Minister, Theresa May today said the government would double funding to tackle the disease to £40m.
The Government fund will be bolstered by £25m from Cancer Research UK,
Mrs May said there will also be a national roll-out in England of a “gold standard dye” test to identify the disease, in line with Dame Tessa’s campaign request.
In addition, the UK Government will host a new Tessa Jowell global symposium, which will bring together the best clinical, scientific and academic minds on brain cancer, in order to identify gaps, best practice and priorities in research.
This move was welcomed by the family of the deceased. David Mills, the husband of the late politician told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “She had an extraordinarily successful career in politics, and then somehow after this disease struck her she added another 25% to it, in what she’s done to publicise the shortage of research for brain cancer, and to give people hope that they wouldn’t have had.”
He adds: “One thing she said was, ‘If I can just survive two years at a time, or even a year at a time, new things will come along and it’ll give us new hope.
“And I think that is, in a sense, the message that is coming out now – that with this wonderful initiative from the government there will be more impetus into the research that’s necessary and people who suffer from this disease will have a growing chance to survive.”
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