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Oxford University is given £3 million to test new experimental cancer treatments

The money from the Government and Cancer Research UK will allow researchers to take potential drugs to trial.

The University of Oxford will look to expand its detection and prevention trials for cancer, thanks to new £3 million investment.

The money over the next five years from Cancer Research UK and the National Institute for Health and Care Research, is to help bring promising new treatments to clinical trial along side the NHS.

Oxford is one of 17 Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres across the UK to receive backing to explore experimental treatments - including immunotherapies - and improve existing ones, for a wide variety of cancers.

Sarah Blagden, Professor of Experimental Oncology at the University of Oxford and Oxford ECMC centre lead, said: 'We are delighted to have been awarded this generous funding from CRUK. This means we can continue to test the newest and best cancer treatments of the future and can also test ways to prevent cancer or enable its earlier diagnosis. We are already making headway in this area but to have CRUK’s endorsement is wonderful.

'The rich research environment available in Oxford can be applied to our clinical studies so that we can help understand not only if treatments work but how they work. This is vital if we want to make important cancer discoveries and advance the way cancers are treated in the future.

'One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer within our lifetimes so finding new effective treatments is vital.'

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