New programme will target mutation of cells to offer ‘good quality of life’

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Thursday, May 16, 2019 – 6:39am

Cancer could become a “manageable disease” within the next 10 years, according to a top scientist.

A “Darwinian” programme of new drugs from the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) is designed to keep tumours in check and stop them being fatal.

The drugs will aim to stop cancer cells resisting treatment, allowing tumours to either be beaten completely or their growth limited to allow patients to live much longer. The team behind the drugs say they “open up the prospect of long-term control with a good quality of life”.

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Chemotherapy and other existing treatments sometimes fail because the deadliest cancer cells adapt and survive, causing the patient to relapse. Professor Workman of the ICR said: “Cancer’s ability to adapt, evolve and become drug resistant was the cause of the vast majority of deaths from the disease and the biggest challenge we face in overcoming it.”

The Daily Mail describes the development as a “new dawn in the cancer war”. The Guardian says “the aim is to take the lethality out of cancer and turn it into a disease that… will no longer shorten or ruin lives”, while

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