New Arden Cancer Research Centre opens after £500,000 charity donation

CANCER patients across Coventry and beyond are set to benefit from innovative research following a £500,000 charitable donation.

The Coventry Hospitals Charity has funded the development of a Research Centre based at the University Hospital in Coventry. This new facility will enable the Arden Cancer Research Network (ACRN) to continue to develop their clinical trial service to patients across the Arden Network, covering UHCW NHS Trust and George Eliot Hospital, South Warwickshire Hospitals, The Alexandra Hospitals in Redditch and Solihull Hospitals.

Professor Bob Grieve who leads the Network said: “This is a very significant and important development for the ACRN and will enable us to develop and introduce novel treatments and new radiotherapy techniques for patients across Warwickshire and beyond.”

The Research Centre is equipped with its own treatment area which enables the team to expand the number of studies available to their patients, therefore offering patients more opportunities than before to participate in innovative clinical trials.

Officially opening the centre on behalf of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust was Martin Lee, Director of Clinical Development and President of the Association of Breast Surgery.

He said: “This is not just about improving existing treatments and exploring new therapies – we know that patients who are treated in centres where they are entered into research programmes actually do better. This is because they are being looked after by clinical teams who are up to date and thinking daily about how they can do better for their patients.

“On behalf of the Trust I would like to thank the Coventry Hospitals Charity for its generosity and hard work that has enabled this facility to be developed. It will be a vital focus for continuing our commitment to care and innovation by improving outcomes through clinical research.”

The ACRN hope to build on their success of last year when they achieved the highest percentage per population of patients recruited to randomised controlled studies across the country. A total of 828 were entered into trials during 2008/9.

The new office has capacity to house 28 members of the research team, which include doctors, nurses, pharmacy, pathology, radiotherapy and clerical staff.

The Arden Cancer Research Network is part of the National Institute for Health Research National Cancer Research Network and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research.