Cancer researchers lead the way in cutting-edge research
Researchers from the city’s Cancer Research UK Centre based at the University of Leicester, will be collaborating with scientists across the UK, following the announcement today of the charity’s Centres’ Network Accelerator Awards.
Designed to inspire new approaches to beating cancer, the awards will invest around £4 million, over five years, in a UK-wide initiative to expand the first national post-mortem cancer study.
Doctors will invite terminally ill patients – most of whom are taking part in clinical trials – to donate samples of their cancer after their death. They will be asked to discuss the issue with their families, before deciding to be part of this pioneering research.
It aims to understand how cancer changes and evolves in advanced stages of the disease to help develop better treatments for cancer that has spread.