FORCE Cancer Charity believes that anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best possible treatment and professional support close to home and face to face.

FORCE funds local research, support innovation to improve cancer care at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and offer physical, emotional, psychological and practical support for people at a difficult time in their lives.

FORCE stands for Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre Exeter. The charity was founded in 1987 and in 2004 FORCE opened a Cancer Support and Information Centre in the grounds of the RD&E. The Centre is open every weekday from 9:30am to 4:30pm and 6:30pm on Wednesdays. FORCE also offer support and information sessions once a week in Tiverton and Okehampton with other locations planned. All services are free.

Funding local research is at the heart of FORCE. The charity was established with a clear mission to advance cancer care in Exeter and beyond. Co-founder Dr Chris Rowland was involved in pioneering work in home-based chemotherapy and individualised radiotherapy and his studies established Exeter on the global cancer research map. FORCE now fund clinical research at the RD&E and a team of researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School.

Anyone treated for cancer locally has likely benefitted from equipment purchased by FORCE. The charity has spent around £1.5million on cutting edge items to enhance patient care at the RD&E. Making funds available to buy the most advanced life-saving technology available for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer is one of FORCE’s key objectives.

In 2018, Exeter Cookery School will be working with FORCE to support their Cream Teas for Cancer fundraising campaign.