Welcome to Lab Test Consult

You can log in and post your comments

Share your knowledge and experience!

Member Login
Lost your password?

Centre to test new cancer drugs

December 22, 2011
By

Medical technicianDundee joins a UK network of centres taking part in early-stage drug trials

Dundee has been chosen as the location for a new centre to evaluate innovative cancer treatments.

The Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) has become part of a network of 18 throughout the UK.

They are funded jointly by Cancer Research UK and the departments of health in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Trials at the new centre will normally involve patients who cannot be helped by existing treatments.

The ECMC network provides treatment options for these patients and underpins the development of treatments which may help patients in the future.

Prof Alastair Thompson, the director of the Dundee ECMC, said: “Dundee is home to world-leading scientists and doctors who have made progress in developing new cancer treatments.

“This support will boost our vital work, enabling us to move towards our goal to increase cancer survival.”

The work carried out in Dundee will build on research already under way in the ECMC network.

Prof David Harrison, director of Edinburgh ECMC, said: “Through this partnership we’ll be able to broaden the scope of our research into the basic biology of how and why cancers are caused, driving the development of promising and innovative new treatments and supporting more clinical trials.

Continue reading the main story

Start Quote

May Williamson

So far, I’m responding well to this treatment and I really hope that it does prove to be effective”

End Quote
May Williamson
Patient

“This collaboration will also make it easier to develop new tests identifying which patients will benefit most from a given treatment – in effect, tailoring treatment according to the biological characteristics of patients’ tumours – saving lives and helping to make best use of NHS resources.”

The Dundee centre will have a particular focus on trials to treat breast cancer, bowel cancer, skin cancer and ovarian cancer, as well as studies to improve imaging techniques to detect cancer.

One patient who has been taking part in an early-stage drug trial is 53-year-old May Williamson of Fintry, Dundee.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago and was initially treated successfully with surgery and chemotherapy.

In March 2010, it was discovered that the cancer had returned, and had spread to her liver.

A year later it became clear that the established drug therapy being used to treat her was no longer working.

Ms Williamson agreed to become part of a trial for a new drug, TDM1.

She said: “To be told that the treatment you are receiving for cancer is no longer working is absolutely devastating.

“While I try my very best to keep an open and positive outlook, you need to have hope.

“I’m looking forward to a second grandchild in March and I’m determined to enjoy as much quality time as I can with my family.

“So far, I’m responding well to this treatment and I really hope that it does prove to be effective.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-16292113

Share

Related posts:

  1. Breast cancer women ‘stop drugs’
  2. ‘Gene test’ cancer research hope
  3. Big promise is seen in 2 new breast cancer drugs
  4. Targeted Drugs, Lung CT Screening Top Cancer Advances in 2011
  5. Diabetes centre to expand services
  6. Cancer Shop USA offers products to help cancer patients
  7. Cancer Shop offers products to help cancer patients
  8. No extra birth defect risk after cancer treatment: study
  9. HPV Test Spots Cervical Cancer Earlier Than Pap Smear: Study
  10. Breast cancer advances miss elderly patients

Tags:



New post

Posts

December 2017
M T W T F S S
« Aug    
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Posts

Recent comments

    Contact Sign In

    Email Marketing You Can Trust