Molecular markers and drug development leading to improvements in radiotherapy.

Impact: Health impacts


40% of all cancer patients, who are cured of their disease, receive radiotherapy as part of their treatment. The number of cancer cures could be increased if the application of radiotherapy could be improved. Research at the University of Manchester (UoM) has: led the way in identifying, validating and exemplifying the value of predictive/prognostic biomarkers of response to radiotherapy; and demonstrated, in clinical trials, the therapeutic efficacy of combining molecularly targeted agents with radiotherapy. Further, the pharmaceutical industry has incorporated these concepts into drug development programs, accelerating clinical drug development, and thus saving them time and money.
Impact date2014
Category of impactHealth impacts
Impact levelBenefit