New Cancer Centre
12 July 2010
A new cutting-edge cancer centre dedicated to robotic surgery, cancer imaging and drug discovery was launched on 23 June, putting London at the forefront of cancer research.
The Imperial Cancer Research UK Centre will see more than 200 clinicians and scientists from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London working together to develop breakthrough treatments for the disease.
The Centre is the latest link in a unique chain of centres being launched around the country. Cancer Research UK already supports research at Imperial but is set to increase its contribution to £8 million a year to help develop the Centre.
Scientists at the Centre will build on the Trust and College’s internationally renowned clinical and research strengths. They will develop robotic technology to bring the latest surgical techniques to cancer patients in London. They will also carry out research using the latest imaging techniques to watch cancer drugs at work inside the patient’s body, identifying which treatments work best at an earlier stage.
The Centre forms part of the Academic Health Science Centre, a unique partnership formed in October 2007 between the College and the Trust, whose vision is to improve the quality of life for its patients and populations by taking new discoveries and translating them into new therapies and treatments quicker than ever before.
Professor Charles Coombes, Head of the Division of Cancer (Surgery and Cancer) and consultant oncologist at the Trust, who will help lead the Centre said: “We have ambitious plans to develop new cancer therapies and interventions which will save lives and improve the quality of care not just in our hospitals but for cancer patients everywhere. We aim to improve all aspects of cancer care from prevention, detection and early diagnosis, to treatment and palliative care.”
— Based on a news release issued by Cancer Research UK