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Supporting local cancer research - The vast majority of patients in Britain are seen in smaller cancer units. The vast majority of these patients are not entered into any sort of clinical trial. It is only through well-conducted clinical trials that our knowledge of the best treatment approach will be acquired. The Primrose Oncology Research Unit has a 12 year track record as a major contributor to national studies. It also designs it own clinically orientated clinical studies which have not only helped to produce improvements for local patients they have been presented and used nationally and internationally -see list of publications.
What৯ing on in the Primrose Oncology Research Unit?
department based at
Strong academic links have been
For example, working with John
Glen, a senior economist at Cranfield, the research team has determined the cost
of treating patients with relapsed breast cancer, and developed novel ways to
calculate whether new and often more expensive therapies, are cost effective or
not. The data collected during this study has been used to develop the
In another study, in
collaboration with Charles Marshall from Cranfield and Professor Leslie Walker,
Academic links continue with
Academic links continue with
Other key areas of research at
the Primrose unit include the ongoing patient੮formation programme and more
recently a number of lifestyle and cancer projects. One study, recently
completed, evaluated whether lifestyle, plus a compound containing an
aspirin-like drug, influenced the progression of prostate cancer was adopted by
the National trials portfolio. The studies on lifestyle and information prompted
the development of a number of information videos now distributed nationally by
Cancerbackup and a website, www.cancernet.co.uk,
which has proved useful to both health professionals and patients. Alongside
information on drugs and therapies, the website also offers advice on exercise,
diet and self-help advice which our patients have reported to find helpful. The
site has now been translated into Spanish and forms the basis of the Mexican
National cancer information website.
The research unit has published eight papers in the last 2 years alone on the background of numerous abstracts and presentations and these efforts were recognised with Professor Thomas award of the British Oncology Association logist of the Yearⰰ6/7. The unit had already one innovation team of the year and the Hospital Doctor magazine Doctor of the year 2000.
In 2008 the main focus of research will be the evaluation of a lifestyle toolbox to help patients recover after the ups and downs of their cancer treatments. This has been made possible by the considerable efforts of Mr Brain Woodrow, the Panacea Society and other organisations and individuals who have generously donated their hard earned cash - We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have made research possible in the Primrose Unit through financial donations, not only for the Primrose building but the ongoing research costs.