We at the Anderson Headquarters are becoming rather bored of Cancer and we are searching for a hopeful Skipper to chart our course over these particular troublesome waters.
Yesterday saw us sailing around the Solent and racing five other yachts (round-the-world Clippers organised by our best man Harry) and raising just under £20000 for Professor Stebbing and his crew at Imperial College, bringing our new total to almost £65000. This amount will pay the wages of two research scientists for one year. Although Action against Cancer are small charity/ laboratory and need a lot more funding than the relatively tiny amount we have been contributing, they have been packing in huge achievements this last year. Cancer research is slow, however here is a list of the things they have achieved recently.
The identification of important molecules that:
i. Drive breast cancer cells to grow and divide (candidate 12)
ii. Act as a tumour suppressor (candidate 1)
iii. Decrease the spread of lung and breast cancer cells (miR-515- 5p)
Other recent scientific findings by the team include how:
i. Pancreatic tumour growth is reduced by inhibiting a specific combination of molecules
ii. A protein (TP53) affects how normal cells turn into ovarian cancer cells
iii. A gene (LMTK3) is central in breast, colon, gastric and brain cancers.
Further research is underway in all of these areas with the aim of developing ways of diagnosing cancer earlier and treating it more effectively.
One if the most irritating and In my opinion, disrespectful, things numerous people say to me is : ” I really want to read your blog but it just makes me too sad….” I’d liked to present this particular post on their foreheads and ask – how’d ya like them apples? There was no sadness yesterday providing money for ground breaking research.