Early signs of success for pioneering treatment at Oxford Early Phase Clinical Trials Unit

An Oxford cancer patient who was told she may have only eighteen months to live is free from signs of the disease after taking a trial drug for almost three years. Susan Cakebread received her pioneering treatment at the Early Phase Clinical Trials Unit at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital which aims to discover new treatments for the future.

Pancreatic Cancer UK funds new Oxford researcher in the fight against pancreatic cancer

National charity Pancreatic Cancer UK has today announced the award of £100,000 to a research team based at the University of Oxford. The grant will allow the addition of a new member to the team as part of the charity’s pioneering Future Leaders Fund, amounting to over £500,000 in similar grants across the UK. This award will support a student through a DPhil project which will be supervised by Dr Emmanouil Fokas and Professor Eric O’Neill.

Scientists discover how to better map brain tumours

Scientists have discovered a protein that helps map the edge of brain tumours more clearly so they show up on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, according to new research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool.

The laboratory research, carried out in rats, could lead to clinical trials aimed at improving the accuracy of brain tumour treatment.

WEE-ding out cancer

It is well known that mutations drive cancer cell growth and resistance to treatment.  However, these mutations can also become a weak point, or Achilles’ heel, for a tumour. Now, scientists at the University of Oxford have found a new way to kill cancer cells with mutations in a key cancer gene called SETD2.

Getting Muddy for Cancer Research!

On 5 September Professor Nicola Sibson and Dr Ester Hammond from the Department of Oncology, donned their running gear and took part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life Pretty Muddy® event in Windsor.

The pair, who are both group leaders in the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, raised over £1000 for Cancer Research UK by running the 5K muddy obstacle course at Olympic venue Dorney Lake. The course included cargo nets, jumps, walls, slides and crawls with the added challenge of being covered in mud.


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