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Panorama – Can you cure my cancer?

An episode of Panorama focused entirely on the pioneering work of The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden aired on BBC One. Read what our Chief Executive had to say about the programme and find out more about the research featured.

BBC Health Correspondent, Fergus Walsh, presenting Can You Cure My Cancer?_Image credit: BBC, 2015

Over the past two years, the BBC’s Panorama team has been given unprecedented access to trials and ongoing research at the ICR and The Royal Marsden.

Can You Cure My Cancer? told the stories of cancer patients as they underwent clinical trials of new drugs at the ICR and The Royal Marsden, and showed how our bench-to-bedside approach drives the development of personalised medicineThe researchers who featured in the programme work across a range of different cancers at different stages of clinical development. The patient and researcher stories featured in Panorama can be found below.

Targeted treatment trials and new prostate cancer drugs

Professor Johann de Bono – Head of the Drug Development Unit at the ICR and The Royal Marsden – has been involved in developing more than 100 potential new drugs over the past decade, several of which are now available to patients.

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A new treatment for childhood cancer

Dr Louis Chesler is a leading figure in the development of new drugs for hard-to-treat childhood cancers. He was inspired to choose a career in finding new treatments for children with cancer so he can make a long-lasting contribution to their lives.

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Using mice ‘avatars’ to improve personal cancer treatments

Professor Kevin Harrington is pioneering the use of mouse ‘avatars’ in head and neck cancer research. Avatars could help tailor cancer treatments to patients by matching drugs to a tumour’s unique characteristics.

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Accelerating moves towards individualised cancer treatment

Dr Amanda Swain leads the ICR’s Tumour Profiling Unit – a state-of-the-art research centre at our laboratories in Chelsea. The centre has been designed to accelerate moves towards precision cancer medicine, and is currently the focus of a major £3.2million appeal.

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Pioneering phase I studies of new cancer drugs

Dr Udai Banerji carries out highly sophisticated trials of new targeted cancer drugs and looks after patients on these trials. He works in the Drug Development Unit at the ICR and The Royal Marsden, which is trialling 39 new drugs in a wide variety of cancers.

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