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Research nurses to test novel drugs on cancer patients at early stage

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Barts and the London Centre for Experimental Cancer Medicine in East London is to fast-track new cancer treatments.

The centre, officially launched this week, is one in a network of 19 hospital research units funded jointly by the government and Cancer Research UK 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.

The funding means research administration and laboratory testing can be covered by dedicated staff, allowing researchers to progress more quickly with investigating how drugs work.

Cancer patients who are no longer responding to existing drug therapies can have access to new medicines or new combinations of medicines.

Todd Gumbleton, clinical trial nurse co-ordinator 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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