Breast Cancer Charity Funds New Drug Research at Oxford
OXFORD, October 13, 2014: Against Breast Cancer is funding research into treatments that target secondary cancers to increase the survival rates of breast cancer patients.
Researchers at the University of Oxford are developing drugs that use an antibody to direct cell-killing viruses to cancerous cells wherever they are in the body, which would enable patients with aggressive breast cancer to receive more targeted treatment beyond chemotherapy and prevent the spread and growth of life-threatening secondary tumours.
Dr. Max Crispin, who heads the Glycoprotein Therapeutics Laboratory at the University of Oxford and is the lead researcher on this project, says “We are developing new therapies and thanks to the support of Against Breast Cancer and their fundraisers we can apply this exciting technology to the breast cancer field. We hope to prove that this method is effective at killing cancerous cells without damaging non-cancerous tissue to improve treatments and disease prognosis for patients with breast cancer, and potentially for other cancer types too”.
With 1 in 8 women diagnosed nationwide, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Despite improvement in diagnostic tools and treatment, breast cancer still claims the lives of 12,000 people a year in the UK (that’s 1000 people a month) due to secondary spread, when cancer cells break off from the original tumour and travel around the body to establish new tumours. Secondary breast cancers (called metastases) can arise in one or more places in the body, such as the lungs, bone, liver and brain, sometimes years after the primary tumour has been treated. Secondary breast cancer is currently detected using visual methods, therefore tumours have to grow to a minimal size before they can be seen and treated meaning physical symptoms are often experienced and successful treatment is more difficult.
For more information about the charity and how to get involved by volunteering or fundraising, please see the website at www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk
Against Breast Cancer
Against Breast Cancer is a charity dedicated to funding ground breaking research to improve detection and increase survival after breast cancer diagnosis. Our expert scientists use one of the largest collections of breast cancer patient samples in the UK to look for vital information that could identify the spread of the disease.
Against Breast Cancer’s research looks at the whole woman through three interlinked areas of research – biochemistry, immunology, and diet and lifestyle. The charity’s research is studying new ways that could help doctors identify and treat secondary breast cancer faster and more effectively. The charity’s national Diet & Lifestyle study is one of the largest in the world looking at the effects of diet, lifestyle and complementary treatments on breast cancer and long-term survival. Support is vital for Against Breast Cancer if it is to continue its innovative research to develop ways to improve detection and survival after diagnosis so women and men can look forward to a future free of breast cancer.