New cancer trials unit opens
The new Hope Against Cancer Clinical Trials Unit at the Leicester Royal Infirmary was officially opened yesterday by former Leicester Tigers/England rugby star Martin Johnson.
Hope Against Cancer was established in 2002 to raise funds to support local cancer research at the universities and hospitals to directly benefit cancer patients in Leicestershire and Rutland. Over the past decade it has raised more than £2.4 million and funded 29 research fellowships. Johnson, who famously led England to World Cup victory in 2003, is a patron of the charity.
The new Clinical Trials Unit, which has a treatment area for eight patients, two clinic rooms, a pharmacy area and a small laboratory, is a collaboration between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
It will enable University and NHS cancer researchers to conduct specialised early phase clinical studies, providing cutting edge cancer research for the patients of Leicester and Rutland, and also receive referrals from the rest of the UK.