In 1943, Tenovus was founded by ten businessmen. Initially, the charity funded a wide range of projects in the local area. In the 1960s, Tenovus embarked on a project which was to influence our work for the next 50 years. We built the Tenovus Institute for Cancer Research in Cardiff which carried out vital research into the causes of cancer.
Since then, we have concentrated our efforts on cancer and are now recognised across the world for our pioneering work. For example, Tenovus scientists in Cardiff developed the use of Tamoxifen which is now used worldwide to treat breast cancer and Zoladex which treats prostate cancer. Tamoxifen has gone on to be the most successful and widely used breast cancer drug in the world, saving the lives of thousands of women.
Alongside our ground-breaking research, we’ve also developed a system of cancer support services to support cancer patients and their families across the whole of Wales. These services include our Freephone Cancer Support Line, Mobile Cancer Support Units, ManVan, health and wellbeing programme, welfare and benefits advice, counselling service and our 17 Sing with Us cancer support choirs.