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Cancer centre to fast track drugs

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Research nurses at the new Centre for Experimental Cancer Medicine in London are to help fast-track new cancer treatments to patients.

The centre, at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, opened last week. It is one of 19 units to start testing drugs on patients at an early trial stage with the aim of reducing the time it takes for new cancer drug therapies to be licensed.

Joint funding from the government and Cancer Research UK means research administration and laboratory testing can be covered by dedicated staff, allowing researchers to progress more quickly with investigations.

Todd Gumbleton, clinical trial nurse coordinator at the centre, said: ‘This is a very specialised field of nursing and it is exciting to be working with new trials and new drugs.’

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