She is currently trialling a special £240,000-a-year skull cap which fires electrical pulses into her brain to halt the growth of cancer cells. GBM strikes 4,000 people in England every year and the average survival rate is little more than a year. The long term survival rate has remained at only five per cent since the 1970s.Andrew Forrest, the Australian philanthropist leading the Eliminate Cancer Initiative’s Universal Cancer Databank project, said “My motivation for establishing the Universal Cancer Databank is simple: the bravery, leadership and the challenge set out for us by patients like Tessa Jowell.“I am an entrepreneur not an oncologist, but I understand that extraordinary challenges require extraordinary measures.“In this case that means patients and researchers from around the world sharing clinical and genomic data to break the gridlock on the most deadly cancers.” “Genomics has the potential to revolutionise NHS healthcare, but we are concerned that this potential is threatened by delays in the NHS’ digital projects, reduced genomics training budgets, and potential public concerns over sharing personal health data.” The announcement comes ahead of a debate in Parliament on why Britain has some of the worst cancer survival rates in Western Europe.The Science and Technology Committee also today published a new report warning that Britain risked falling behind in using genomics in healthcare because of delays in getting computer systems up and running in the NHS and lack of training.Norman Lamb MP, committee chair, said: “The UK is a world leader in genomics, and the establishment of a Genomics Medicine Service could dramatically improve health outcomes of UK citizens. Dame Tessa Jowell to become first patient in the world to sign up to international cancer database to help future generations fight the disease.The Labour peer and former Culture Secretary, who was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour last year, volunteered to give her medical data to the Universal Cancer Databank project, which was set up by the Eliminate Cancer Initiative.The database aims to help researchers discover the links between rare diseases in the hope that it could lead to cures.“It is my hope that through my cancer journey and sharing of my data, we will be able to develop better treatments for cancer and speed up the discovery of new ones,” said Baroness Jowell.“Together, with hope, we can achieve greater survival for cancer patients across the world.”Dame Tessa suffers from a rare form of cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme tumour or GBM.The high-grade tumour – which caused her to have powerful seizures – has since been removed and she has received the standard treatment of chemo – and radiotherapy, which typically has a poor prognosis. Dame Tessa Jowell is currently trialing a special head device which sends electrical charges into her brainCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.