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Andrew praises work of cancer centre

CRUK1.jpgAndrew Smith MP meets Cancer Research scientists to learn about the world class research in Oxford.

Andrew visited part of the Oxford Cancer Research Centre at the Old Road Campus Research Building and donned a lab coat to witness the Centre's groundbreaking research firsthand. 

The Centre's researchers are working to understand the molecular basis of cancer, and support clinical trials developing new treatments for the disease. 
Scientists there are also investigating new drugs and surgical techniques, as well as finding ways to scan tumours that could help improve cancer diagnosis.

Andrew said: "This was a great opportunity to return to the Centre and see some of the fantastic new research that is being carried out here in the constituency and the impact it has on people in the wider area. It highlighted just why it is so important to support this vital work which could make a significant difference to the 41,000 people who are diagnosed with cancer in the South East every year."

The Oxford Cancer Research Centre builds on the city's long history of pioneering scientific research and is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Scientists at the Centre also study the genetic and lifestyle factors that increase the risk of cancer, capitalising on decades of experience in this area. Oxford scientists first showed that smoking causes cancer more than 40 years ago, and researchers in the city have made many more major discoveries in understanding the causes of the disease.

Radiotherapy research is a particular strength of the Oxford Centre, spearheaded by scientists at the Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology - created to be the largest group of doctors and scientists specialising in radiotherapy research in the country.

Professor Gillies McKenna, Head of the Oxford Cancer Research Centre and Director of the CR-UK/MRC Gray Institute, said: "I was really pleased to welcome Andrew back to the Centre to show him the exciting developments we have been working on over the past year and outline how our work has contributed to the improvement of radiotherapy techniques, meaning that more people are successfully treated and experience a better quality of life."

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK spent almost £25 million in Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley last year on some of the UK's leading scientific and clinical research. The Oxford Centre is designed to be part of the community in and around this area.

Working alongside Cancer Research UK's Local Engagement and Development team, researchers work tirelessly to engage with local people to raise awareness of cancer and the life-saving work taking place on their doorstep.

Cancer survival rates have doubled in the last forty years and Cancer Research UK's work has been at the heart of that progress.

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