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Bangalore institutes tie up with UK Varsity for cancer research

Written by Admin |Updated : September 15, 2012 8:29 AM IST

In a bid to find novel ways to cure cancer, two Bangalore-based institutes have tied up with the University of Cambridge. They aim to understand the cellular mechanisms associated with the disease and how cancer spreads to different parts of the body.

With the financial aid of Rs 94 crore from the department of biotechnology, the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) will collaborate with the renowned university and Medical Research Council of the UK.

Cancer treatments are usually of three types chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The type of therapy that a doctor will recommend depends on the type of cancer, how far it has progressed and where in the body it is located. Chemotherapy or cancer drugs are recommended when cancerous cells are present in various parts of the body. Radiation targets the cancerous cells directly and prevents them from replicating while surgery directly removes the cancerous tumour. Doctors usually recommend a combination of these treatments.

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