Cancer related activities

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Researchers in Bristol are working on developing new medical technologies to detect and treat cancer, including

  • Radiowave radar technology used for medical imaging and raman spectroscopic probe for diagnosis of early oesophageal neoplasia
  • Health economics, applying concepts from economic theory to healthcare issues with the aim of achieving efficiencies in the delivery of healthcare. Economic evaluation is one aspect of health economics, which is widely used to determine efficiency by estimating the cost-effectiveness of an intervention. 
  • A project to measure the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis for Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Investigating how health behaviours can be modified by effective behaviour change interventions is another area of interest. Currently, much of the research investigating health behaviour is using solely qualitative techniques, the research group in Bristol is approaching the field from an experimental perspective, with a strong background in experimental psychology and behaviour change but also a good understanding of how policy makers use research outputs to draw new and updated policies.
  • Exploring the use of nanoparticles to treat a wide variety of cancers, from leukaemia to brain tumours. Chemotherapy often causes side effects from drugs being delivered throughout the body. Nanoparticles can instead be designed as smart vehicles to carry drugs straight to the site of the tumour avoiding the unnecessary toll on surrounding healthy cells.

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