Cancer Research UK has begun work on a project to create a cancer DNA database that could go a long way in helping personalize cancer treatments in future.
As the first step in this initiative, some 9,000 patients are being asked to take part in this genetic study. The researchers are hoping to isolate DNA from six common cancers including breast, bowel, lung, prostate, ovary and melanoma skin cancer.
The BBC reported that seven Cancer Research UK Experimental Cancer Medicine Centers (ECMCs) will be taking up this project with NHS genetic testing labs in London, Cardiff and Birmingham testing the DNA for presence of faults exclusive to cancer.
"We are extremely grateful to all these patients who, by contributing to this research, are allowing us to take great strides towards beating cancer," said Prof Malcolm Mason, lead researcher at the Cardiff ECMC. "This will play a key part in making targeted treatments available for cancer patients across the UK."