Dame Tessa Jowell led a call to action for lasting change for all brain tumour patients. She asked for all patients to benefit from “the latest and greatest science” and called to focus on “living well with cancer, not just dying from it”.
Inspired by the successes in the field of muscular dystrophy, where muscle wasting services collectively raised treatment and care standards through centres of excellence, the TJBCM launched its ‘Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence’ strategic programme in November 2019. The TJ Centres will provide an academic and clinical ‘home’ for the Strategic Programmes embedded in the heart of the NHS and aligned Academic Health Science Centres and ensure patients receive the latest and greatest evidence-based care.
The initiative is being led by Katie Bushby, widow of GBM patient and Professor Emerita in Neuromuscular Genetics at Newcastle University. Her neuromuscular team was one of the first to be recognised as a MDUK centre of excellence.