University of Leicester receives funding boost for UK’s biggest cancer killer

Posted by hct16 at Nov 29, 2012 03:15 PM |
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation supports University researchers
University of Leicester receives funding boost for UK’s biggest cancer killer

Dr Jacqueline Shaw

Researchers from the University of Leicester have won a share of a £1million funding boost for lung cancer research.

The team, led by Dr Jacqueline Shaw, is one of nine projects across the UK to receive funding from the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

The £150k project is aiming to establish whether a genetic screening test could be developed for lung cancer, allowing it to be diagnosed early when it can still be cured.

The researchers will attempt to identify mutations of key cancer genes through blood tests, which as well as helping diagnose lung cancer early could also inform what therapy the patient is then given.

We previously reported this year that Dr Shaw, of the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine,  has been examining a simple blood test that could one day be a more accurate way to test for the early signs of breast cancer than using mammograms; she also plays a role in the new Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre Network.