First patients enrolled in project to improve NHS cancer gene testing

Cancer Research UK has started recruiting patients for a pioneering initiative to demonstrate how genetic tests could be used within the NHS to help match cancer patients to the most appropriate treatment, while building a database of information for research into new targeted therapies.

The charity’s multi-million pound Stratified Medicine Programme ultimately aims to establish a world-class NHS genetic testing service for cancer patients in the UK. This means that, as and when new targeted treatments become available, doctors will have access to the tests they need to help them decide which drugs are best for their patients.

Medical staff in seven of Cancer Research UK’s existing Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMCs) will be asking up to 9,000 patients to participate in the first phase of the Programme, which covers six different tumour types: breast, bowel, lung, prostate, ovarian and melanoma skin cancer.

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