Warwick Uni research increases effectiveness of cancer drugs

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A Warwickshire scientist is developing a new way to deliver cancer drugs in sync with a patient’s body clock, which could make a massive difference to those needing treatment.

Professor Sebastien Perrier and his colleagues at Warwick University say the research will boost the effectiveness of cancer fighting drugs and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.

Their work, which is partly funded by Channel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer campaign, uses microscopic ‘packages’ to deliver chemotherapy drugs.

These ‘packages’ seek-out cancerous cells, stick to them and then burst open at the optimum time – when specific hormones in the body are at a certain level and when healthy cells are least likely to be damaged by them.

Professor Sebastien Perrier and his colleagues at Warwick University say the research will boost the effectiveness of cancer fighting drugs
Professor Sebastien Perrier and his colleagues at Warwick University say the research will boost the effectiveness of cancer fighting drugs

Shockingly half of the UK population will develop cancer in their lifetime according to charity Cancer Research.

Professor Perrier, a black belt in karate, says cancer treatment has seen massive progress in recent years, but has urged people to keep supporting the campaign that allows him to conduct this crucial research.

He said: “The ways we can fight cancer are improving because we’ve made massive progress in our understanding of the disease.

“It’s important to realise that while cancer can seem scary, the very fact we’ve got a greater understanding of it is a huge advantage in our bid to overcome it.

“But you don’t have to be a scientist – or even a black belt in karate – to help in the fight against cancer.

“Everything we do is only possible because of those that support us through organisations like Cancer Research UK and campaigns like Stand Up To Cancer.

“I hope everyone in Warwickshire will join the Stand Up To Cancer rebellion to help us raise vital funds for life-saving research.

“We need everyone to stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against a disease which affects one in two people in the UK at some stage in their lives.”

Professor Sebastien Perrier and his colleagues at Warwick University say the research will boost the effectiveness of cancer fighting drugs
Professor Sebastien Perrier and his colleagues at Warwick University say the research will boost the effectiveness of cancer fighting drugs

Stand Up to Cancer, a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, launched in the UK in 2012.

More than £38 million has been raised in the UK to date and over 40 trials and projects have been funded, involving more than 10,000 cancer patients.

Jane Redman, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the West Midlands, said: “Every day, doctors, nurses, scientists and researchers work tirelessly to beat cancer.

“Stand Up To Cancer raises money to speed up breakthroughs from the lab to patients.

“We’re on the brink of a revolution in cancer research – thanks to improvements in treatments and early diagnosis, more people are surviving than ever before. But we can’t afford to stand still.

“There are lots of fun ways to join the rebellion against cancer. You can get creative in the kitchen, get sponsored to stand out in orange at work or school, do a sponsored wax or head shave or get sponsored to take part in ‘Game On’, Stand Up To Cancer’s gaming marathon.

“A free fundraising pack is available, full of fun and creative ways to conjure up cash.”