HOW DO WE SPEED UP DELIVERY OF NEW TREATMENTS TO PATIENTS?
Include more patients in more clinical trials.
The new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital in London will bring together the majority of cancer treatments in one building to make treatment easier and less stressful for patients. The design of the building simplifies the patient journey, and creates the safe, welcoming place of care our patients want.
Research is the engine room that drives the Cancer Centre. We will look at cancer from every viewpoint to better understand how it works, which will allow us to ultimately learn how to cure it. The Cancer Centre will increase capacity for clinical trials, from the current 160 active trials.
Co-locating researchers and clinicians provides the most effective way to deliver high-quality research; it allows researchers and clinicians to learn to speak the same language. Without this link, what happens in the lab has little impact on what we do for patients.
Breakthroughs in research have an impact on cancer patients. Recently, researchers at King’s, working with the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Unit, reclassified breast cancer into 10 completely new categories based on the tumour’s genetic footprint. This was the largest global gene study of breast cancer ever undertaken. This could one day lead to better prediction of survival and allow doctors to tailor treatment to individual patients.
We have also recently identified a key gene involved in breast cancer development, which could lead to earlier detection and treatment. The study found that gene changes occur up to five years before detection, paving the way for treatments aimed specifically at reversing changes in susceptible genes before cancer occurs.
Clinical trials increase the options for current patients. Evidence suggests that the high-quality and intensive treatment that trial participants receive improves patient outcomes regardless of the trial.
The Centre will allow us to bring together a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians in one place, maximising the benefits of collaboration. We will use the latest technologies in imaging, genetics and molecular and cellular biology to discover the fundamental mechanisms underlying different tumour types and immediately apply this knowledge to improving patient care.
'Our vision for the Cancer Centre is outstanding clinical care, with research embedded in it, training the next generation of multi-professional healthcare professionals. Excellence in these three areas is essential and will make us comparable to the best in the world.' Arnie Purushotham, Director of the King’s Health Partners Integrated Cancer Centre
Our new Cancer Centre will transform the way we treat and research cancer. But we still need the funds to help us over the finish line.
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