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Revolutionary Lung Cancer Study to Boost Knowledge of the Disease

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 09/09/2013

A ground-breaking new study into how lung cancer develops is to be launched after receiving £14million in funding for a 9-year project.

Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer to cause death in the UK and only 9% of those that develop and survive it last beyond 5 years. Nine out of ten cases of lung cancer occur in smokers, but due to a steady rise in the number of non- smokers catching the disease it has prompted researchers to delve deeper into its development.

Insight into lung cancer

As part of the TRACERx (Tracking Cancer Evolution through Therapy) study, 850 people suffering from lung cancer across the country will undergo observation of their tumours before and after surgery - longer if the cancer comes back.

Samples taken from the tumours will be studied using ground-breaking tests to produce the most complete profile of the disease. As different parts of the tumour can develop independently, a sample taken from one part of the tumour would develop differently to another.

DNA samples will be taken from the blood tests of patients to determine whether the cancer is travelling through their blood stream.

With this 2 pronged attack into the disease, an exceptional insight will be given about lung cancer. It will give the researchers a greater understanding of lung cancers and help them to find tailor-made treatments for patients.

Birmingham to Participate in Lung Cancer Research

Sixty five lung cancer researchers will be brought together from across the UK with one of the research centres being Birmingham University Hospital.

At the moment, there is no national screening programme for lung cancer in the UK. For it to be introduced there needs to be a quick, simple cost effective test that is not harmful to its participants.

Dr Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, believes success against lung cancer has been “slow”, so they are “determined to unlock the secrets of the disease, to understand its biology, to develop more accurate tests to diagnose it and discover better treatments for people.”

Legal Effects of Lung Cancer

There are many instances in which you may need a solicitor if you have lung cancer. The most common industrial diseases are those caused by breathing difficulties. Specific diseases include mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos related lung cancer. All of these could be prevented if your employer were to take proper precautions and explain the risks of being exposed to asbestos.

If your lung cancer was related to exposure to asbestos then a industrial disease solicitor could help you bring a claim against your employer.

In addition, if your lung cancer was misdiagnosed or your treatment was delayed you may also be able to claim for compensation. If lung cancer is caught early and treated, your chances of survival will increase. If not the condition could be fatal.

If you think you have a claim it is important to contact a solicitor as soon as possible so they can advise you on your options.

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