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Lung cancer research hopes to unlock deadly 'secrets'

Published on 18/07/2013

Lung cancer will be researched across Britain in a £14m project in a bid to understand the most lethal cancer in the UK.

Scientist will attempt to map the genetics of lung cancer tumours

The project will be spread between six research centres and scientist will attempt to map the genes of 850 tumours of patients with lung cancer. The study will look at the development and evolution of said tumours over a period of nine years as the UK tackles the disease that kills 35,000 people a year.

Scientists in London, Leicester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and Aberdeen will strive to identify a genetic profile of the cancer patients with non-small-cell lung tumours.

Whilst many cancers such as prostate, testicular and breast have all seen increases in survival rates over the past few decades, lung cancer survival rates remain fatally low. Only 9% of people who develop lung cancer will live more than five years.

Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the UK for men and women and 80% cases occur in people aged 60 or over, according to Cancer Research UK.

The study will last nine years and has been commissioned by Cancer Research UK and will signify one of the largest studies on lung cancer to date.

Dr Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “Lung cancer kills more people than any other type of cancer. We want to change this.

“For too long, success against the disease has been slow. We’re determined to unlock the secrets of the disease, to understand its biology, to develop more accurate tests to diagnose it and discover better treatments for people.”

This research marks the beginning of a new Cancer Research UK initiative to tackle lung cancer sooner to improve survival rates and will see the funding of a new centre of excellence in lung cancer research.

Professor Charlie Swanton, lead researcher based at Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute and University College London, said: “Success in treating lung cancer has been difficult to achieve but we’re hoping to change that.

“The first step to improving cancer diagnosis and treatment is to understand more about the disease and how it changes over time.”

Some health insurance policies can include comprehensive cancer care that can cover the cost of treatment, drugs, after-care and your own private hospital room if you need it.

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