The UK will be transformed into an international radiotherapy research center with the creation of a new £ 56 million network, Cancer Research UK announced.
The network, Cancer Research UK RadNet, is the largest charity investment ever made in the industry.
Its goal is to accelerate the development of advanced radiotherapy techniques and challenge the boundaries of treatment through exploratory projects.
It will bring together seven centers across the country: the Universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford, the Cancer Research UK City of London Center and the Institute of Cancer Research, London in collaboration with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust .
Michelle Mitchell, CEO of Cancer Research UK, said: "Radiation therapy is a cornerstone of cancer medicine, with about three in 10 patients receiving it as part of their primary treatment.
"The launch of our network marks a new era of radiotherapy research in the UK.
"Scientists will combine advances in our understanding of cancer biology with cutting-edge technology to make this treatment more precise and effective than ever."
Radiation therapy works by targeting tumors with X-ray radiation, killing cancer cells and irreversibly damaging their DNA.
Researchers from the new network will also focus on reducing long-term side effects associated with treatment.
More than 130,000 patients are treated with radiotherapy in the NHS every year.
By optimizing and customizing radiotherapy, Cancer Research UK RadNet aims to improve cancer survival.
He will work on the development of new techniques for radiotherapy and will study new combinations of radiotherapy-medication, including immunotherapies.
Among other things, the research will explore the exploration of Flash radiotherapy, in which high-dose radiation pulses are delivered in a fraction of a second.
It will also conduct further research on proton beam therapy and ways to overcome hypoxia: low oxygen levels in tumors, resulting from the rapid growth of cancer that blood vessels cannot keep up with.
Approximately 13 million pounds have been allocated to form new research groups and fund additional doctoral students in Manchester, London and Cambridge.
The network will promote collaboration between different scientific sectors, with a share of £ 4 million available to all centers for joint research projects, conferences and postings between locations.