My view on that pancreatic cancer ad campaign

The charity Pancreatic Cancer Action have caused a storm with their new 'cancer envy' advertising campaign in which patients are pictured saying things like: 'I wish I had breast cancer.' So if it's shock tactics they were after, and public attention to go with it, then they must be delighted.  As must the advertising company … Continue reading My view on that pancreatic cancer ad campaign

BriTROC ovarian cancer initiative an exemplar of UK research strengths and of things to come

Yesterday Ovarian Cancer Action announced funding of a new research collaboration - 'BriTROC' - aimed at developing 'a high-quality nationwide tissue and bio specimen bank.'  The bank will enable research looking at the molecular characteristics of tumours that recur despite treatment — an important area of unmet need in the field. All the above is from the press release.  … Continue reading BriTROC ovarian cancer initiative an exemplar of UK research strengths and of things to come

Medics lance the cancer care costs boil….Lancet Oncology Commission reports

....I've updated this since last night with a link [here] to the interview that Evan Davis did with Karol Sikora and Peter Johnson (Cancer Research UK) on 'The Today' programme this morning about the Lancet Oncology Commission. It really is worth a listen. It is a long time since I heard 10 mins being given … Continue reading Medics lance the cancer care costs boil….Lancet Oncology Commission reports

Ovarian cancer research: a new perspective and a great example of the impact of medical research charities on science

I do not normally devote the front page of my blog to the day job but on this occasion I hope you will agree that the news merits it. Today Nature Reviews Cancer have published online in their October 2011 issue a perspective piece entitled 'Rethinking ovarian cancer.'  The article, co-authored by the leading international scientists in … Continue reading Ovarian cancer research: a new perspective and a great example of the impact of medical research charities on science

From peer review to clinical trials

So there I was this morning talking about peer review, when what should come through the Ovarian Cancer Action letterbox but our certificate of best practice from the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) for our peer reivew practices. It's great to have this 'quality-mark' for all that we do as a research funder. If … Continue reading From peer review to clinical trials