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Glasgow researchers win funding for brand-new radiotherapy techniques


Glasgow researchers win funding for brand-new radiotherapy techniques

Image copyright Steve Welsh Image caption Prof Anthony Chalmers, pictured with patient Jak Deschner, hopes the money will help to develop new treatment techniques Cancer researchers in Glasgow have been awarded funds to develop new therapies and techniques for radiotherapy.Scientists from the Cancer Research UK Glasgow Centre will receive £3.5m over the next five years.The…

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Prof Anthony Chalmers, visualized with patient Jak Deschner, hopes the cash will assist to establish brand-new treatment strategies.

Cancer researchers in Glasgow have actually been awarded funds to establish brand-new therapies and strategies for radiotherapy.

Researchers from the Cancer Research Study UK Glasgow Centre will get ₤ 3.5 m over the next 5 years.

The funds become part of Cancer Research study UK’s biggest ever investment in radiotherapy research study, with centres throughout the UK getting money.

About 130,000 clients are given radiotherapy treatment for cancer in the UK each year.

It works by targeting cancer cells with radiation such as X-rays. This can eliminate cells by damaging their DNA.

Customised method

While half of all cancer clients are treated with radiotherapy, it gets only 5%of the cancer research study budget plan, according to lead researcher Prof Anthony Chalmers.

He said: “The financing will transform our capability to establish brand-new radiotherapy technologies that will assist more individuals beat cancer, while causing less adverse effects so that clients will have a much better quality of life after treatment.”

The cash will support research into treatments for hard-to-treat cancers and those with poor diagnosis, such as lung and brain, in addition to develop more customised approaches to radiotherapy, taking into consideration the client and the specific cancer they have.

Chief executive of Cancer Research UK Michelle Mitchell stated: “Radiotherapy is a foundation of cancer medicine, with around three in 10 patients getting it as part of their treatment. The launch of our network marks a new period of radiotherapy research study in the UK.”

‘ You believe you have actually climbed up a mountain when, in real reality, you’ve just plateaued’

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Jak Deschner

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Jak Deschner was identified with a brain tumour after a seizure caused him to come off his bike.

Jak Deschner, from Stepps near Glasgow, understands all too well the importance of this research study.

A keen bicyclist, in June the 56- year-old was returning house when he had a seizure, causing him to fall off his bike. A CT scan revealed a brain tumour and Mr Deschner went through surgery to remove as much of it as possible.

A sample was later on identified as grade 4 glioblastoma, the most typical type of brain tumour.

Mr Deschner stated: “There was a part of me that was concentrated on the brain surgery as the most crucial thing and, once it was done, there was almost a sigh of relief. It was a genuine hammer blow to hear I had cancer. You believe you have actually climbed a mountain when, in actual reality, you have actually simply plateaued.”

He was provided six weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and took part in a trial led by Prof Chalmers which looked into radiotherapy-drug mixes.

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Jak Deschner

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Mr Deschner hopes his incurable cancer can be managed.

He said: “When I was provided a put on the medical trial, I stated bring it on. Even if it does not help me, it will assist the scientists find out crucial info”.

While Mr Deschner has actually been told his cancer will not be treated, it is hoped it can be handled. He will continue with chemotherapy treatment.

He wants to maximize life and get back on his bike, consisting of cycling the length of the UK in September next year to raise cash for Cancer Research study UK.

He said: “I’m happy to hear that Glasgow is set to take advantage of this big financial investment in radiotherapy research, and I take pride in the part I’ve played in the ground-breaking research study happening simply down the road from me.”

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