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FORCE was established in 1987 with a clear mission to advance cancer care in Exeter and beyond.
Our 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. In 1991 FORCE appointed a clinical research assistant, laying the foundation for a highly successful clinical research programme at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.
In the first 10 years our focus was on research and buying equipment for the hospital.
The charity developed from the merger of two local appeals – the Selectron Appeal and HOPE (Home Oncology Programme Exeter), under the clinical direction of FORCE co-founder Dr Chris Rowland.
HOPE enabled patients to receive treatment at home rather than in hospital while continuing with normal activities of daily living, giving them a greater sense of control over their own lives.
Dr Rowland also investigated the scientific basis for this method of treatment, conducting research into which chemotherapy drugs could be given in this way and how the body dealt with them, so as to establish the best treatment for that patient.