Our research is improving cancer treatment with fewer side effects.
What do you picture when you think of cancer research? If you’re anything like us, you probably see scientists standing around in lab coats holding test tubes – but what are they actually doing?
Professor Peter Sadler is a scientist at the School of Life Sciences whose team is finding new ways to treat cancer patients that improve existing therapies.
“At the moment, patients are either treated with surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, and the most widely used drugs used are platinum-based compounds,” Peter explained.
“The problem is that these drugs attack both healthy and toxic cells, and they lead to serious side-effects. They also stop working after repeated use.”
“We’re finding ways to make them harmless until they enter the cancer cells, reducing side-effects and making treatments more focused and targeted. We’re also working on new drugs with new metals like ruthenium and osmium, which have shown incredibly promising results.”