University of Dundee

‘Oesophageal Cancer – a cog in need of wheel?’

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 13:00 to 14:00
Event Location: 
MSI Small Lecture Theatre
Professor Tom Owen-Hughes FRSE
Event Speaker: 
Dr. Russell Petty
Chair of Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Research, School of Medicine, University of Dundee
Event Type: 


Outcomes for oesophageal cancer are poor, currently   60% die within a year of diagnosis.  The early dissemination of the disease means that systemic treatments are critically important for successful management. However progress has been slow and the development of targeted agents and predictive biomarkers  together with a   molecular pathological  classification of the disease to underpin precision medicine approaches   has lagged behind other tumour types. In this talk I will discuss the   factors  limiting     progress including the difficulties encountered with current approaches to clinical research, the need for improved models, and some of   the key unresolved   mechanistic questions that are relevant to the clinical biology of the disease and that offer potential for  therapeutic translation. I will discuss  and illustrate  how we are addressing these issues in my group  and  the strong  opportunities for physician and scientist collaborations this presents.