The UK's first Cancer Research centre specialising in genetic research, cancers of the bladder and prostrate and leukaemia has opened in Birmingham.
The centre, which is to be jointly run with the University of Birmingham and given£9 million of annual funding from the charity Cancer Research, will operate from different sites within the city and it is hoped it will pave the way for a nationwide chain of treatment and research clinics.
Doctors will be able to conduct clinical trials and large-scale population studies at the centre in a bid to improve understanding and treatment of cancer of the bladder and prostate and leukaemia.
Professor Lawrence Young, head of the University of Birmingham's college of medical and dental sciences, said: 'We are at the forefront of a cancer revolution - translating our research into new treatments.
'We have created a unique blend of doctors, scientists and nurses - all working together to ensure that laboratory discoveries are rapidly developed into treatments that will improve the lives and extend the survival of patients in the West Midlands.'
Another specialist centre is due to open in Liverpool later this month and Cancer Research hopes to launch more clinics throughout the UK during the year, with a possible 20 centres opening by the end of 2009.
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