News Uni team to push fight to beat cancer

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A WAR­WICK­SHIRE sci­en­tist is de­vel­op­ing a new way to de­liver cancer drugs in sync with a pa­tient’s body clock, which could make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to those need­ing treat­ment.

Pro­fes­sor Se­bastien Per­rier and his col­leagues at the Univer­sity of War­wick say the re­search will boost the ef­fec­tive­ness of cancer fight­ing drugs and re­duce the side ef­fects of chemo­ther­apy.

Their work, which is partly funded by Chan­nel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer cam­paign, uses mi­cro­scopic ‘pack­ages’ to de­liver chemo­ther­apy drugs.

These ‘pack­ages’ seek­out can­cer­ous cells, stick to them and then burst open at the op­ti­mum time – when spe­cific hormones in the body are at a cer­tain level and when healthy cells are least likely to be dam­aged by them.

Shock­ingly half of the UK pop­u­la­tion will de­velop cancer in their life­time, ac­cord­ing to char­ity Cancer Re­search.

Pro­fes­sor Per­rier, a black belt in karate, says cancer treat­ment has seen mas­sive progress in re­cent years, but has urged peo­ple to keep sup­port­ing the cam­paign that al­lows him to con­duct this cru­cial re­search.

He said: “The ways we can fight cancer are im­prov­ing be­cause we’ve made mas­sive progress in our un­der­stand­ing of the dis­ease.

“It’s im­por­tant to re­alise that while cancer can seem scary, the very fact we’ve got a greater un­der­stand­ing of it is a huge ad­van­tage in our bid to over­come it.

“But you don’t have to be a sci­en­tist – or even a black belt in karate – to help in the fight against cancer. Ev­ery­thing we do is only pos­si­ble be­cause of those that sup­port us through or­gan­i­sa­tions like Cancer Re­search UK and cam­paigns like Stand Up To Cancer.

“I hope ev­ery­one in War­wick­shire will join the Stand Up To Cancer re­bel­lion to help us raise vi­tal funds for life-sav­ing re­search.

“We need ev­ery­one to stand shoul­der to shoul­der in the fight against a dis­ease which af­fects one in two peo­ple in the UK at some stage in their lives.”

Stand Up to Cancer, a joint fundrais­ing cam­paign from Cancer Re­search UK and Chan­nel 4, launched in the UK in 2012.

More than £38 mil­lion has been raised in the UK to date and more than 40 tri­als and projects have been funded, in­volv­ing more than 10,000 cancer pa­tients.

Jane Red­man, Cancer Re­search UK spokesper­son for the West Mid­lands, said: “Ev­ery day, doc­tors, nurses, sci­en­tists and re­searchers work tire­lessly to beat cancer.

“Stand Up To Cancer raises money to speed up break­throughs from the lab to pa­tients.

“We’re on the brink of a rev­o­lu­tion in cancer re­search – thanks to im­prove­ments in treat­ments and early di­ag­no­sis, more peo­ple are sur­viv­ing than ever be­fore. But we can’t af­ford to stand still.

“There are lots of fun ways to join the re­bel­lion against cancer.

“You can get cre­ative in the kitchen, get spon­sored to stand out in or­ange at work or school, do a spon­sored wax or head shave or get spon­sored to take part in ‘Game On’, Stand Up To Cancer’s gam­ing marathon.

“A free fundrais­ing pack is avail­able, full of fun and cre­ative ways to con­jure up cash.”

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