Public lecture: How cancer treatment can be personalised

A top cancer specialist says technological advances mean that cancer treatment should be specifically tailored for each patient.

Professor Gordon McVie, former Director General of Cancer Research UK, is launching a new free public lecture series at the University of Bath this week explaining the science behind developing new cancer treatments to a non-specialist audience.

Professor McVie, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine by the University of Bath in December, is a clinician, researcher and editor who has spent his career pushing the boundaries of research, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

He will give the first public lecture in the series on Wednesday 15 April in the Chancellors' Building, Room 1.10 at the University’s Claverton Down campus from 6pm-7pm.

The free lecture is aimed at a non-specialist public audience and is open to anybody with an interest in the topic. There is no need to register for the event.

It will be recorded as well and streamed live at:

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Professor McVie commented: “Most patients with cancer may believe that their treatment has always been "personalised" to them, but alas this is not the case!

“Empiricism has been the norm for decades. But that is changing - technological revolutions have the potential to make care really person specific.

“Advances in the fields of genomics, epigenomics, proteomics are allowing us to look at specific signatures unique to an individual, and in parallel, their (pre) cancers. This should help in treatment choices, but also prevention options too.

“Also exciting developments in the very early detection of cancer, information on choice of medicines and an increased understanding of patients quality of life is all good news for patients and potential patients.”

Professor McVie is best known for his work leading the Cancer Research Campaign as CEO into a merger with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) to create the largest cancer research charity in Europe. Post-merger, he assumed the position of Joint CEO in the newly created charity, Cancer Research UK, which he maintained until 2002.

The Gordon McVie Lectures are organised by the University’s Cancer Research at Bath (CR@B) group, which brings together researchers from across the University working on cancer research and treatment.

To attend, simply turn up on the evening - there is no need to register for the event.

The event follows the delivery of Bath's hugely popular MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), titled 'Inside Cancer: how genes influence cancer development', which ran for the third time in March 2015.

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