The Prostate Project gives financial support to the Oncology team in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS) at the University of Surrey. In fact the charity was pivotal in the creation of this group providing 50% of the start-up funding. The team has 24 members with an extensive range of experience, from laboratory-based projects involving basic cell and molecular biology to the delivery of clinical trials in human cancers.
They specialise in cancer immunotherapy, a revolutionary new form of treatment which artificially stimulates the immune system to treat cancer in a less toxic way and will help transform cancer care in the UK. The group is supported by the infrastructure required to undertake complex, multi-disciplinary studies.
A particular strength of the team, which other cancer research centres find difficult to access, is the acquisition of patient samples (after suitable ethical approval) and this is partly due to the strong links and close collaborative relationships between clinicians and scientists with the local Royal Surrey County Hospital, and the neighbouring St Luke’s Cancer Centre and the Surrey Clinical Research Centre (CRC).