Founded in 2012, the Throat Cancer Foundation (TCF) was established by oropharyngeal cancer survivor Jamie Rae. Following treatment and recovery, Jamie was concerned at the lack of resources and support available to those facing throat cancers. As a result, he established the foundation to provide two important things that were missing: reassurance and information for those dealing with the disease.
What Does the Throat Cancer Foundation Do?
The foundation aims to reduce the impact of throat cancers on individuals and wider society. They offer support, and aim to make sure that anyone affected by throat cancers have access to the most up to date information available regarding their illness, the best possible treatments, and what they can expect in recovery.
Guided by a team of world class cancer experts and consultants, the foundation pioneers research and treatment of head and neck cancers. TCF is also a founding member of HPV Action, a major lobbying body and collaborative partnership of 50 patient and professional organisations, each of them working to reduce the health burden that HPV has.
The HPV Vaccination for All
In 2018, TCF spearheaded and won a nationwide campaign to have boys vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) which at the time, had only been accessible to girls and reducing the risk for them of developing HPV related cancers. Extending the equitable vaccination programme allowed around 400,000 teenage boys a year to be protected too.
TCF is the only charity dedicated to alleviating the impact of throat cancers through: -
2. Patient support
At present, they campaign for equality to allow everyone to have access to the HPV vaccination. They have challenged the UK and Scottish Government to roll out a catch-up programme to boys, which means they would be allowed to be given the vaccination up to the age of 18 as currently they are only being offered it at aged 12/13.
Part of this work includes raising awareness of the impact of HPV and throat cancers via PR, marketing, partnerships with politicians, researchers and many other leading experts within the field and media industry.
Gold Standard of Care
The Foundation promotes the ‘Gold Standard of Care’ for everyone affected by throat cancers, including patients, carers and loved ones of those affected.
Additionally, they help to fund groundbreaking new forms of research which aim to reduce the impact of treatments and help to improve the quality of life after that treatment, which can often be a largely gruelling and difficult process.
They encourage everyone to lead a balanced healthy lifestyle and their team of dedicated staff look to raising awareness of how sufferers can improve and prevent throat cancers.
TCF also has a team of leading medical and health professionals who act as clinical and scientific advisers. This team includes some of the UK’s leading oncologists, surgeons, nurses, medical researchers, and patient advocates.
This November, Throat Cancer Foundation are taking part in our charity poll. Show your support and cast your vote for them today! For more information on their work, visit their website – www.throatcancerfoundation.org.