Lung and oesophageal cancers share poor five-year survival and have only realised limited improvement in the past decade. Improving the quality and quantity of research into these cancers of unmet need is therefore a key priority for CRUK and one shared by our Thoracic Cancer programme here at the CRUK Cambridge Centre. To improve survival rates, patients need to be identified when their disease is at an early or even pre-cancerous stage. Our research strategy therefore focuses on cancer prevention, early detection, and a more precise intervention in high-risk individuals.
Our programme is a pan-Cambridge network of around 60 researchers, including clinicians and cancer scientists who meet regularly to design and drive research in thoracic malignancies. Our cancers of interest comprise lung, mesothelioma and advanced disease oesophageal, as well as head and neck malignancy.
The Thoracic Cancer Programme co-leads are Dr Robert Rintoul – Reader in Thoracic Oncology and Honorary Consultant Respiratory Physician, and Dr Daniel Munoz-Espin – Group Leader in the Department of Oncology.
Our programme members are based within multiple institutes, university departments and hospitals across Cambridge, including Royal Papworth Hospital, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, CRUK Cambridge Institute, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Wellcome Sanger Institute and Astra Zeneca, making our programme a truly multidisciplinary scientific network.
Research groups funded or supported by our Programme investigate diverse aspects of thoracic cancer, from fundamental basic cancer biology to pure clinical research and translational studies. We also have Programme members who lead oesophageal and early stage lung cancer clinical trials, enabling patients to benefit from the latest innovations in cancer science.
The Thoracic Cancer Programme actively supports the CRUK Cambridge Centre’s formal education and training, to develop the cancer leaders of tomorrow. With many leading research groups, we also offer a wealth of opportunities for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.
If you are interested in joining the Thoracic Cancer Programme or would like any further information, please do get in touch.