Our progress in developing cancer drugs
Our scientists and doctors have contributed to most of the world’s top cancer drugs. Thanks to our leading role in drug development and clinical trials, hundreds of thousands of people have beaten the disease.
This word cloud shows just some of the life-saving and life-extending cancer drugs we’ve had a hand in along the way, by discovering, developing or testing them in clinical trials. The bigger the word, the greater our involvement.
In this section you can find out about the steps in this process, and how our research has made an impact on the development of life-saving treatments.
The journey starts in the lab, with fundamental research into cancer biology. This work underpins the development of all new treatments for cancer.
The next step is drug discovery - designing or searching for molecules that can slow the growth of cancer cells or kill them.
Next comes drug development. Scientists test and refine potential cancer treatments in the lab, preparing them for clinical trials.
Finally, new cancer treatments are tested in clinical trials involving patients, ranging from a small group to thousands of patients.
All our work - from research into cancer biology through to clinical trials - would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters - Together we will beat cancer
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