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OPTIMA: Improving treatment for cancer patients through artificial intelligence

12th October 2021

Professors Claude Chelala and Louise Jones from Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, are part of a €21.3 million public-private research programme that will seek to use artificial intelligence to improve care for patients with prostate, breast and lung cancer.

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Combining medicine with blood cancer research

3rd September 2021

This Blood Cancer Awareness Month, we spoke with Dr John Riches, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Barts Cancer Institute (BCI), Queen Mary University of London. Dr Riches is a clinician scientist who splits his time between BCI where he leads a group researching blood cancer in our Centre for Haemato-Oncology and directs the MSc Cancer & Clinical Oncology Programme, and St Bartholemew’s Hospital where he treats blood cancer patients.

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Study identifies biomarker that could help to diagnose pancreatic cancer

29th June 2021

Researchers from Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, have identified a protein that could be used to aid in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Findings from the new study suggest that a protein called pentraxin 3 may be a specific diagnostic biomarker – or biological measure – for pancreatic cancer, with the ability to differentiate pancreatic cancer from other non-cancerous conditions of the pancreas.

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Study suggests blood test could guide precision treatment in bladder cancer

16th June 2021

A blood test that can detect tiny amounts of circulating cancer DNA may be able to identify risk of cancer recurrence and guide precision treatment in bladder cancer following surgery, according to a clinical study led by Professor Tom Powles from Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust. The findings from the study, published today in Nature, may change our understanding of cancer care following surgery.

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Screening for ovarian cancer did not reduce deaths

13th May 2021

A large-scale randomised trial of annual screening for ovarian cancer did not succeed in reducing deaths from the disease, despite one of the screening methods tested detecting cancers earlier, according to results published in The Lancet.

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Impact of COVID-19 in patients with HBP conditions in East London

12th May 2021

Researchers from Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London have conducted a population-based study to explore the risk factors associated with COVID-19 susceptibility and survival in patients with a history of diseases of the liver, pancreas or biliary system – also known as hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) diseases – in East London.

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