Research breakthroughs to become clinical trials in Sheffield in fight against cancer

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Cancer research breakthroughs at the University of Sheffield will be progressed to clinical trials in the city in a new project.

The ‘Translational Oncology Initiative’ is funded by the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Sheffield Hospitals Charity, and sees a number of junior cancer doctors progressing scientific discoveries at the University into clinical trials.

The University is now raising further funds for a number of non-clinical staff to work on the programme.

Professor Claire Lewis, a Senior Cancer Researcher at the University of Sheffield, said: “There are an estimated 2.5 million people currently living with cancer in the UK.

“Over 150,000 of these die every year so new, effective therapies for cancer are needed urgently.

“Innovative research has the potential to completely transform the treatment of cancer but for this to get from the lab to the bedside it must be translated into new clinical trials with cancer patients. In order to do this we need to make it easier and quicker for scientists and clinicians to work together and conduct these clinical studies”.

Samantha Kennedy, Weston Park Hospital’s Cancer Charity Director, said: “Each year Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity invests heavily in locally-based, high-quality cancer research, taking place on our doorstep for the benefit of local cancer patients now and in the future.

“Only by working in partnership with fellow charities and healthcare organisations can we hope to improve cancer survival rates and treatment options for patients. We are delighted to have been asked to invest in the ‘researchers of tomorrow’ to ensure we retain and develop Sheffield’s research talent.”

David Reynolds, Director at Sheffield Hospitals Charity said: “Sadly, so many people are battling cancer on a daily basis and we want to contribute to paving the way for new treatments to be introduced that will give these people more chance of survival.”