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Christmas Appeal 2019

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed so generously to last year’s appeal, which raised almost £15,000 for my research team.  I wanted to let you know how much difference your support has made and to ask whether you might consider supporting the ICVI once again this Christmas.

My team at St George’s University of London, headed up by Mark Bodman Smith, has recently published an important paper which I think demonstrates perfectly how the ICVI’s unique approach to funding can directly benefit patients.

I have attached a report on the paper which details how a trial we carried out recently has shown that patients with inflammation do not respond as well to cancer treatment as those without.  Therefore taking a course of anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin before cancer treatment could be very beneficial to the outcome of the treatment.  As you can imagine, this could be a very important step towards our goal of saving lives through research.

The financial implications are obvious.  Patients taking cheap over the counter medication to help with their treatment could save the NHS millions of pounds in the future.

The repurposing of cheap drugs with anti-cancer properties is an area which I am very passionate about and which my ICVI team, funded by you, has been working on for some time.  Currently our focus is on low dose Naltrexone, Metformin and the Cannabinoid derivatives.

Funds raised from this year’s Christmas appeal will help me to continue to make strides in this area.

A donation from you could do so much.  For example £25 pays for 100 pipette tips, which we use to handle cells and accurately study how cancer spreads.  £50 helps to maintain our expensive equipment.  £100 could go towards a lab refurbishment.   £400 pays for an hour’s research.

Of course a donation of any size is greatly appreciated and will make a difference.  I very much hope that you will feel able to support the ICVI once again this Christmas.  If you would like to help, please fill in the form overleaf.

With very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Yours sincerely

Professor Angus Dalgleish MD FRCP FRACP FRCPath FMedSci



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