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article imageMajor lung cancer study to take place

By Tim Sandle     Jul 24, 2013 in Science
A major scientific study is to take place into lung cancer patients globally. The objective of the research is to reveal new insights into how the disease develops.
Participant countries are undertaking national studies and the research results will then be collated. In the U.K., for example, the project TRACERx, has been launched by Cancer Research, as the BBC reports. This project will last for nine years and some $20 million (£14 million) has been invested.
Some 42,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK every year, with about 35,000 deaths from the disease. The Daily Telegraph notes that lung cancer should no longer be regarded as a smoker’s disease with more non-smokers developing cancer of the lung.
For the U.K. research, scientists will recruit 850 lung cancer patients from across the country and take samples of their tumor before and after surgery and subsequently if the disease recurs, in order to see exactly how lung cancers mutate, adapt and become resistant to treatments. Various laboratory tests will be conducted in order to give a clearer picture of how the disease progresses than ever before.
Discussing the project, Professor Charlie Swanton, lead researcher based at Cancer Research UK's London Research Institute and University College London, is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: "We plan to harness new sequencing technologies to trace the genetic evolution of cancer over the course of the disease."
Globally the national spends make this the biggest financial commitments to lung cancer research in history.
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