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Knowledge is power when trying to beat bowel cancer

  • Researcher: Dr Tracy Putoczki
  • Institution: The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia
  • Award Amount: £206,312 for 3 years from June 2014
  • Cancer Type: Bowel Cancer
Knowledge is power when trying to beat bowel cancer
Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide. Despite its prevalence, the intricate details of how bowel cancer begins, and progresses, are still not completely understood.The good news is that, if caught early, there is a high survival rate thanks to current treatments. But this could be even higher if scientists were able to learn even more about the disease and then develop improved treatments based on this knowledge. Dr Putoczki is trying to better understand how bowel cancer progresses and spreads. She is focusing on a protein called IL-11 which her team have shown is present at high levels in the disease. Dr Putoczki hopes that her findings could shine a light on new proteins that could be turned on or off with novel cancer drugs. Ultimately, if such drugs could be developed, it would help improve bowel cancer survival rates for patients and their families in the future.
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