Our Research in Leicester
- 6,400 people are diagnosed with cancer each year.
- 48% of cancers are diagnosed early.
- We spent over £1m on life-saving research in 2021/22.
We receive no government funding for our research. Our life-saving work relies on the money you give us.
Last year we spent over £1m on life-saving research in Leicester.
Researchers work in partnership with the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. By sharing their expertise, scientists, doctors and nurses are improving the care of patients across Leicester and beyond.
What we're doing now
Tackling hard-to-treat lung cancers
Professor Dean Fennell and his team are testing new treatments for people with mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer mainly caused by exposure to asbestos.
Developing blood tests to monitor breast cancer
Professor Jacqui Shaw is looking for changes in DNA that make cancer cells grow faster, by studying fragments of cancer DNA that are found in patients’ blood.
Exploring how cancer and heart disease interact
Dr David Adlam is collecting a national dataset to address important questions about how cancer and heart disease interplay. This could inform guidelines to optimise patient care.
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre
Leicester is home to an Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC), led by Professors Anne Thomas and Karen Brown. Our ECMCs are a unique partnership between Cancer Research UK and the National Institute for Health Research in England to bring together lab scientists and cancer doctors to speed up the flow of ideas and new treatments from the lab to the clinic.
How we’ve made a difference so far
Our scientists helped make the discovery that chemicals derived from food, such as curcumin and resveratrol, could one day be used alongside existing chemotherapy drugs to help stop cancer growing and spreading in some people.