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Cancer mapping centre opens

29th January 2013

The Institute of Cancer Research is to investigate DNA from tumours in order to look at how healthy tissue changes to become cancer cells.


The director of the ICR, Professor Alan Ashworth, said the plans "were not science fiction" and would allow patients to have more "personalised" treatments.

The new centre will look at samples taken from patients at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London and is believed to be the largest centre of its kind operating in the health service.

Researchers will investigate resistance, where cancer drugs do not work after time, and the Tumour Profiling Unit will test tumour samples to see how tumour changes contribute to this, as a tumour can have 100,000 genetic mutations.

Cancer researchers are focusing on what happens inside cancerous cells and examining the huge number of mutations which occur inside a tumour.

Professor Ashworth explained: "None of this is science fiction. This is now happening. We think we're pioneering the clinical application of this by setting up the Tumour Profiling Unit, but one would think this would be absolutely routine practice for every cancer patient - and that's what we're aiming to bring about."


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