Ex-MP Tessa Jowell first to donate data to medical database

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Ex-MP Tessa Jowell first to donate data to medical database
Baroness Jowell said: “It is my hope that through my cancer journey
and sharing of my data, we will be able to develop better treatments for cancer and speed up the discovery of new ones.”
Labour’s Helen Hayes called Baroness Jowell “extremely brave”, and Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh, fought back tears as she said: “We are with you.”
Andrew Forrest, an Australian philanthropist and founder of the Eliminate Cancer Initiative
and the database, said Baroness Jowell’s pledge was an “incredibly selfless act”.
“She said: ’I’m going to do this Andrew, this is exactly what the world needs.’”
The UCD database is a project by the Eliminate Cancer Initiative and part-funded by the Minderoo Foundation.
On Thursday, Labour MP Sarah Jones, who used to work for Baroness Jowell, tabled a motion
that called for greater sharing of health data and more adaptive clinical trials to improve outcomes for brain tumour patients.
The ex-culture secretary, who has an aggressive brain tumour, said she hoped that the Universal Cancer Databank would help develop better treatments.
” he said. that We hadn’t met, we didn’t know each other, and I put the idea to her
that she could be the first to step out and contribute her data, knowing that it’s going to go into a global bank which will be freely accessible to researchers all over the world,
Ms Mills said her mother, who has been campaigning for better treatment for cancer patients, wanted to give a voice to others.
Health minister Steve Brine said it was “vital” that patient data was shared more effectively around the world.


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