1 in 2 people will be affected by cancer in their lifetime. But we can do something about it. 100% of the money you raise for and donate to Stand Up To Cancer will fund translational research. That's right, all of it. This takes developments in the lab and transforms them into new tests and treatments for cancer patients right here in the UK.
WITH YOUR SUPPORT WE CAN AND WE WILL BEAT CANCER
MEET PROFESSOR DEAN
Professor Dean Fennell is one of our Stand Up To Cancer researchers. He and his team at the University of Leicester work on lung cancers, particularly mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos. Dean is leading an ambitious clinical trial that could weaken mesothelioma cells and make them easier to treat. Mesothelioma cells are so hard to beat because they gorge on molecules called growth factors, helping them become stronger and more resistant to treatments. Dean’s idea is to use a ‘smart molecule’ that has been designed to block these growth factors from reaching the mesothelioma cells. He hopes that if the mesothelioma cells can’t access these growth factors, they could be robbed of their super strength and normal treatments could be more effective.