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. Although huge strides have been made over the past few decades, over 10,000 women will die from the disease every week.

Our world-leading research teams based at hospitals in both Nottingham and Derby include practicing clinicians working to improve treatments for breast cancer, stop it spreading and develop the world’s first blood test to detect the disease early. With your support, we can make a difference. 

A huge thank you to everyone who helped us raise over £700,000 for this research through Nottingham Life Cycle 6. This money is now funding research happening today.    

Professor Sir David Greenaway on his bike for 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

Finding ways 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. 


Lisa's story

“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I felt absolutely devastated. All I could think about were 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 failing that, 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.” 

You can help women like Lisa - donate to our research  

Lisa Johnson with her two beautiful daughters at our Life Cycle 6 breast cancer launch