Sarcoma UK microscope researcher

“I need to do some research into that...”

Remember the last time you decided to buy a new phone or car? You might have done some research into cost, features, insurance or any other aspect that you weren’t sure of. This kind of ‘research’ means finding out about something you don’t know, but maybe somebody else does.

Scientific research is similar, but instead of finding out what someone else knows, researchers want to find new knowledge, something nobody knows yet.  When Sarcoma UK invests your money into research, we are investing in the future. One day, the knowledge that these scientists create may lead to people with sarcoma leading longer, healthier lives. They may even find a cure. 

But the process is long and slow. 

When scientists investigate sarcoma, there are three main types of research into this cancer:

  1. Basic: This is the type of research that tries to find out how something works. It usually happens in a laboratory and involves carrying out experiments. An example of basic research is looking at how a cell changes when it's exposed to different kinds of external influence or what happens to biological tissue when treated with a new medicine.
  2. Applied: This type of research takes an idea that has been already been proven and seeing if that can be used in another way. An example might be using a chemical that works on tissue in one situation and seeing if the same chemical would work on tissue in different situations. 
  3. Translational: This moves ideas out of the experimental setting, out of the lab, and into everyday use. So this might mean testing a promising drug on animals to see if it might be tried on humans. Or it could mean trying out new technological techniques in surgery. 

Your donations and fundraising go towards supporting scientific and medical research projects that will lead to improvements in patients' lives. Read more about how this process works