Cancer drugs research hope

TWO University of Sheffield researchers are making progress with a promising new group of cancer drugs that destroys tumours in patients.

Dr Chryso Kanthou and Prof Gillian Tozer have identified two proteins that play a crucial role in the destruction of the tumours by cutting off their blood supply, starving them of oxygen and nutrients.

“However, these drugs do not currently eradicate tumours completely and blood flow gradually recovers and tumour cells re-grow from cells that escape the treatment, especially around the tumour rim,” said Dr Kanthou.

Nearly £200,000 from the medical research charity Yorkshire Cancer Research will allow the Sheffield scientists to investigate further how they can improve the new drugs.