Yorkshire Cancer Research will invest a further £671,461 in a pioneering clinical trials centre that has brought innovative treatments to patients living in the region.
The charity’s Centre for Early Phase Clinical Trials was first launched in June 2014 in partnership with the Clinical Trials Research Unit at the University of Leeds and clinicians and scientists at the universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Hull and Bradford.
The centre, formed with an initial £724,339 investment by the charity, provides the infrastructure needed to create more opportunities for local patients to participate in innovative studies.
It funds core staff to support researchers in accessing national funding opportunities for clinical trials, core staff at hospitals to support clinical trial set-up and expert multidisciplinary mentorship and advice for cancer researchers in early clinical trial design and development.
Since 2014, the centre has secured an additional £5.3m in research funding from a range of organisations, including charities and pharmaceutical companies, for trials that will recruit more than 840 patients. The trials span a broad range of cancer types and therapeutic areas.
The extra funding will enable the centre to meet a high demand for its services. Staff will now focus on supporting trials in areas such as:
- immunotherapy – a treatment that uses the body’s own defence system to fight cancer
- improving the patient’s response to radiotherapy through targeted treatment
- innovative approaches to drug delivery
- improving patient outcomes by reducing treatment side-effects or improving their effectiveness.
Julia Brown, Director of the Clinical Trials Research Unit, said: ‘We are grateful to Yorkshire Cancer Research for their continued and extended support for the Centre for Early Phase Trials. The extra funding will enable us to undertake further research to ensure more people in Yorkshire have the best chance of living a long and healthy life, with and beyond cancer’.
Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “It is well-proven that cancer patients are more likely to survive cancer when treated at hospitals where a high level of clinical research is taking place. We also know that patients that take part in clinical trials experience a range of benefits including access to the latest treatments, more check-ups and the knowledge that they are helping others.
“We’re proud that our centre has been so successful and look forward to bringing more clinical trials to people living in Yorkshire. This is a huge step in our aim to ensure that more people in our region survive cancer. We’d like to thank all our supporters for making this investment possible.”
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
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