Principal Mission

The charity’s mission is to achieve the following;

– To support research into new treatments and ways of diagnosing responses to treatment of cancer, especially Triple Negative breast cancer, as well as supporting research into the challenges faced by long term survivors of the disease as a result of the physical and psychological consequences of the diagnosis and treatments.

– To promote and protect the physical and mental health of sufferers and their families of particularly lethal medical conditions, especially Triple Negative breast cancer, in England and Wales through the provision of financial assistance, support and practical advice.

– To advance the education of the general public in all areas relating to the Triple Negative breast cancer condition.

Charity Commission No: 115812

Our Mission

Team Verrico is a registered charity.

Your donations help young families, who are facing rare or hard to treat cancers, fight and win more tomorrows.

We fund research into treatment and diagnosis.

We bring hope where there is none.

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There are 3 main ways that we help people.


A cancer diagnosis is a terrifying thing. We have links with a range of top oncologists and surgeons who can review your treatment plan, advise on any clinical trials which may be available and discuss alternative treatment options. We have a particularly close relationship to the Harley Street clinics.

Typically, successful applicants receive a funded opinion and we cover reasonable travel expenses for you and a family member to atttend.


The trauma stemming from a cancer diagnosis should never be underestimated. Our Head of Counselling, Naomi Watkins explains what we do:

‘Counselling is a safe place for you to talk about whatever you want to, no matter how big or how small you think it is. It is a space where there is no judgement, with someone who can be objective and empathic. ‘

Counselling helps you work through your feelings your thoughts and can help you to make sense of what’s happening for you/your family in the here and now. In a safe and confidential environment, your counsellor will help you to feel comfortable to talk about anything and everything.

Your counsellor is not there to tell you what to do or share personal experiences as it is about you. It’s your time to focus on you. However, your counsellor can help you to look at options if that’s what you want, or your counsellor can listen and help you to be in the moment.

Here at Team Verrico we help people to access FREE counselling if their lives have been affected by Cancer – patients, those struggling with a family members illness or those bereaved  – please let people know about us.

Generally people have an appointment with a qualified and experienced counsellor within 1-2 weeks of making contact with us, sometimes sooner.”

Click to download an application form here.


Successful applicants may be helped with childcare,  transport costs to hospital or cleaning. We are not prescriptive as to the boundaries as to what can be offered.

Team Verrico’s criteria to access the service is that the application must be relevant to a case where a ‘parent’ has children under the age of 18. We do not discriminate on any ground as to the make up of the family unit; we appreciate that parentage can go beyond biological boundaries. Step parents and adoptive parents are very welcome to apply.


Team Verrico funds cutting edge research aiming to find new or improved treatments for cancer. We have funded research projects undertaken by University of Sheffield, University of Brighton and University of Nottingham.


The charity helps: To promote and protect the physical and mental health of sufferers and their families of particularly lethal medical conditions. Any money pledged to individual missions goes directly to that fund. Team Verrico’s involvement is raise awareness of these individual fights and wherever possible provide assistance and encouragement to additional fundraising efforts.


Like any charity regulated by the charity commission, there are rules which the charity must follow.

The full list of rules can be found at the charity commission web-site, at but they include things like;

  • The trustees being unpaid volunteers
  • No-one connected to the charity benefitting from it
  • Only doing things that are charitable according to the law, and
  • Providing public, up to date information about its activities and finances.


The charity seeks to further this objective through supporting the publication of research in the area of triple negative breast cancer and through producing informative films and events to raise awareness of the disease.


Understanding Triple negative Breast Cancer

What is triple-negative breast cancer?

About 10 to 20 percent of breast cancers are triple-negative.

Knowing breast cancer basics can help you understand how triple-negative breast cancer is different from other types of breast cancer. Doctors search for the presence or absence of three receptors, proteins that live inside or on the surface of a cell and bind to something in the body to cause the cell to react. You may have heard of the oestrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2).

In oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, progesterone receptor-positive breast cancer and HER2 positive breast cancer, treatments prevent, slow or stop cancer growth with medicines that target those receptors. But triple-negative breast cancers need different types of treatments because they are oestrogen receptor negative, progesterone receptor negative and HER2 negative. Medicines like tamoxifen, which targets the oestrogen receptor, and trastuzumab (Herceptin), which targets HER2, are not helpful in treating triple-negative breast cancer. Instead, chemotherapy has been shown to be the most effective treatment for triple-negative breast cancer.

Researchers are working to improve their understanding of the biology of triple-negative breast cancers, how these types of cancers behave and what puts people at risk for them. Their goals are to find out the best ways to use treatments that already exist and to develop new ones.

Understanding the ‘Basal-like’ Subtype

Most triple-negative breast cancers have a basal-like cell pattern. This term means the cells look like the basal cells that line the breast ducts, the tubes in the breast where milk travels.

Basal-like breast cancers tend to over express, or make too much of, certain genes that encourage cancer growth. Not all triple-negative breast cancers are basal-like, and not all basal-like breast cancers are triple-negative. About 70 to 90 percent of triple-negative breast cancers are basal-like.

Doctors choose treatments because the cancer is triple-negative, not because it is basal-like. The  basal status of the cancer does not factor into treatment decisions

Myth About Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

MYTH – Women with triple-negative breast cancer can have the same treatments as all other women with breast cancer.

FACT – Many people do not understand that there are different kinds of breast cancer. Even some women who have had breast cancer do not understand the differences between triple negative breast cancers and breast cancers that are hormone receptor-positive or HER2 positive.

Researchers are still learning why some women are more likely than others to develop triple-negative breast cancer. Research supports a relationship between risk and your genes, age, race and ethnicity.

Breast Cancer Gene Mutations

Everyone has BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which we get from our mother and father. When they work properly, these genes prevent the development of cancers. However, less than 10 percent of people with breast cancer are born with a mutation, or abnormality, in BRCA1 or BRCA2.

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Risk Factors

If you are born with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, you are at increased risk for developing breast, ovarian and other cancers throughout your life. The BRCA1 mutation puts you at higher risk for developing a basal-like breast cancer. Scientists are still trying to find out why BRCA1 mutations increase the risk of developing triple-negative breast cancer. Keep in mind, not all breast cancers from BRCA mutations are triple-negative. In fact, BRCA2 mutations are more likely to be present in oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer.  If you have a family history of breast cancer, you and your relatives could carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. You could also be the first person in your family known to develop breast cancer because of a BRCA mutation. Knowing your BRCA status can help you and your doctors discuss an effective treatment plan and learn ways to reduce your risk for recurrence. A genetic counsellor can talk with you about genetic testing. Anna was tested and was NOT BRCA positive, but this is important information which can affect treatment options.

Age, Race or Ethnicity

Several studies suggest that being premenopausal, African-American, Latina or Caribbean increases  risk of developing basal-like or triple-negative breast cancer. Among African-American women who develop breast cancer, there is an estimated 20 to 40 percent chance of the breast cancer being triple-negative. Researchers do not yet understand why premenopausal women and women in some ethnic groups have higher rates of triple negative breast cancer.

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