Breast Cancer Research


World-leading research to help save lives 

It is a sad reality that you, or someone you know, is likely to develop breast cancer at some point in life. 

Over 1.6 million women worldwide are diagnosed each year and although huge strides have been made, over 10,000 women die from the disease every week. With your help, this is a statistic we believe we can help change.

Our world-leading research teams based at hospitals in both Nottingham and Derby include practicing clinicians working to treat breast cancer, find ways to stop it spreading and to develop the world’s first blood test to detect it early.  

This ambitious research needs your help. It’s why we’ve made breast cancer the focus for our 2016 fundraiser - Life Cycle 6 – with a target to raise £1 million.

Together, we can help stop breast cancer in its tracks 

Graphic - help us beat breast cancer - support our research by taking part in Life Cycle 6

Our breast cancer research

Graphic - close up of a slide - part of our work to develop the world's first blood test to detect breast cancer early

Developing the world's first blood test to detect breast cancer early

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Doctor Stewart Martin and team in the laboratory

Researching how to stop breast cancer from spreading around the body

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Graphic - Dr Madhusudan in the office

Developing targeted treatments to help patients with all forms of the disease

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Nottingham and cutting-edge breast cancer research  

  • Our experts first developed the Nottingham Prognostic Index in the 1980s. It remains the global standard still used today to predict patient outcomes.

  • We are one of only four UK centres providing vital tumour tissue for research through the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank.

  • Our Professor Ian Ellis has been named among the world's top 20 most influential experts on breast cancer

  • The Nottingham Grading System developed by Professor Ellis and colleagues, is the international gold standard for histological classification used by the World Health Organisation and others. 



'Meet our reseachers' - breast cancer open day May 2016

In May, we opened the doors of our laboratories at the Queen's Medical Centre and invited everyone in to discover our research first-hand. Thank you to everyone who came along - it was great to see you.  

Download the presentation slides used by our researchers (pdf format)
Visit Flickr to see all the photos taken on the day - breast cancer research event photogallery   

Lisa's story

“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I felt devastated. I could only think of my children. 

But then I found out how much you can put yourself through and come out the other side. I never thought I’d be able to go through chemotherapy, but here I am, six treatments later. 

I would love there to be a cure for cancer. But even if there is no cure, my hope is that people have long enough to enjoy life. Breast cancer shouldn’t be a death sentence. I don’t want anybody to have to go through what we’ve been through as a family.”  

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Photograph: Lisa Johnson