Cancer Active
Cancer Prevention Cancer Treatment Support Us Online Shop
Chris Woolmams / Catherine Woollams
The Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust

Originally published in May 2003 icon updated June 2008

SDSamantha Dickson was 14 years old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour, a diagnosis which was a long time in coming.  This understandably caused her parents, Neil and Angela Dickson much anxiety and heartache. 

Like all parents in such circumstances they wanted to know what could be done and were disappointed and distressed to find that very little research was being undertaken at the time.

Samantha died in 1996 just a few days before her 17th birthday.  In Sam’s memory her parents began the fight to improve diagnosis, treatment and survival. 

The Charity was registered in December 1996. 

Since then the Charity has grown from a kitchen-table affair to become the UK’s largest brain tumour charity. 

Since 1996 they have:

  • funded over 45 world class research projects
  • supported thousands of patients and their families
  • raised over £5 million
  • helped over 40 families set up local fundraising ‘umbrella’ groups

SD2In addition to supporting ground-breaking research and clinical trials, the Charity has also reviewed its research strategy with a view to introducing new areas of work including the award of Clinical Fellowships and is collaborating with Cancer Research UK to use their experimental cancer medicine centres throughout the country.  It is hoped to apply some of the breakthroughs in other cancer types to brain tumour research.  Review of research projects is undertaken by the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board as well as over 100 external peer reviewers worldwide.

The Charity’s patient support programme includes telephone help and information, support groups and internet forums.  The Charity is able to offer support to patients with all brain tumour types.  Information Days are also offered in London and other UK locations throughout the year.

The Charity has enjoyed the support of many celebrity Patrons including Dawn French, Jonny Wilkinson, Michael Crawford, Dame Helen Mirren and Earl Spencer.


For more information please visit the Charity’s website: or phone 0845 130 9733




Want the latest news on this?
Print This Page
  Search Website
Follow us on:
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

Heal Your Gut  
Part 1:  The importance of the microbiome 

More info? See

CANCERactive Website Appeal

Thank you for helping us to raise a fantastic £19,708 for our new CANCERactive website which will be launched in 2018

Select a donation amount:
Enter a donation amount:

Gift Aid:
So that CANCERactive can claim back 25p for every £1 donated, I confirm that I am a UK tax payer, who has paid over enough tax for you to reclaim this amount

Sign up for icon


Our icon magazine is available free in over 500 UK hospitals, cancer centres and libraries. Full of great articles and the very latest cancer information, you can have it sent to your own home.

Buy online

The CANCERactive Patient Group (CAPG) – Run by Patients, for Patients

  • Tell your Story
  • Start a Blog
  • Start a Diary Blog
  • Start a Discussion
  • Ask a Question

Search Drugs


Quick search for YOUR DRUG here  

Search Drugs


Quick search for a COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY here 

Search Complementary Therapies



Search Alternative Therapies

Important Notice

At CANCERactive we provide information that is already in the public domain.  It is not our intention to provide advice. It is up to the reader to decide if any of the matters to which any article refers might be suitable for them.


Follow CHRIS WOOLLAMS, the UK's number 1 cancer researcher, on his free e-news and keep right up to date with the very latest cancer information and research

 click here

  click here

click here


CANCERactive information and publications (books, magazine and leaflets)

CANCERactive compiled books

Heal Your Gut Heal Your Body

A real paradigm shift - this book will help you really understand exactly what to do to be in great health.

Click here to find out more.

The Brand new 4th edition of Everything You Need to Know to Help You Beat Cancer

"This book is head and shoulders above the rest". Geoffrey Boycott

Click here to find out more.

The Rainbow Diet - and how it can help you beat cancer

"At last the definitive book on a diet to fight cancer". Mrs BS Devon.

 Click here to find out more...

Brand new 3rd edition of Oestrogen The Killer in our Midst

"Learn how to take control of your oestrogen levels"

 Click here to find out more...

CANCERactive magazine (free in hospitals and complementary cancer centres)


Free downloadable prevention leaflets


Buy online

Donate to Us

We can only help people like you - if people like you help us!

Buy online

Fund Raising


Interested? Click here for more information

Click here to see all our fundraising events.

Click here and see what events are taking place and perhaps sponsor one of our supporters. 

Click here for other ways to raise money for CANCERactive.

Or if you want more information about our other fun activities, the Peru trek, our sky diving etc. click the button below.

Click here for our Just Giving page and see what our supporters are doing for us.

Click here for our Virgin Money Giving page.

Buy online

Visit a Catherine Corner

Catherine Wollams

Buy online

Need a Support Group?  

Find a cancer support group near you, now.
Buy online

So what is the truth behind mammograms, drug clinical trials, the PSA test and prostate surgery, and the stories you read in the press?Go to Junk Science to read the unbiased truth. Click Here.


Do you have a problem with our factual content?

If you have research which conflicts with ours, just address it to 'The Medical Board'. Ever since we started this site we have had an 'open-mind' policy and have expert oncology doctors and professors who will address your concerns.

© Copyright 2018 CANCERactive. All Rights Reserved. This content may be copied in full, with copyright, contact, creation and information intact, without specific permission, when used only in a not-for-profit format and provided, where used to publish on a website, that website provides a link to If any other use is desired, permission in writing from CANCERactive is required.
All content and images © Copyright 2018 - Website design and maintenance by a Web design and Search engine marketing company