When cancer is found earlier it can be easier to treat successfully. Statistics from Cancer Research UK show that the ten-year survival for eight different types of cancer combined is more than three times higher if the disease is diagnosed at stage one or two, compared with survival rates when diagnosed at stage three or four.
The aims of the CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme are:
- To create a strong, virtual network of multidisciplinary groups in Cambridge with a focus on earlier cancer detection.
- To develop relevant population-based and clinical resources.
- To facilitate the creation of new programmes and projects focused on the detection of pre-invasive disease.
- In the longer term to establish a physical Early Detection Research Centre in Cambridge to create a focused hub of activity in the early cancer detection field.
The CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme, launched in 2016, is a truly multidisciplinary programme focusing on research into the earlier detection of cancer. World class researchers are engaged in a variety of projects with the aim of better understanding the biology of the disease and developing methods to detect it at an earlier stage, with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of deaths caused by cancer.
The CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme is co-led by Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald and Dr Sarah Bohndiek.