Working For Women, Working Against Cancer
The Department of Women’s Cancer, headed by Prof Martin Widschwendter, has an exceptionally talented group of academics and clinicians dedicated to the Department’s mission which is to conduct multidisciplinary research into women specific cancers, to create clinical interventions and to extend disease knowledge so that fewer women receive a cancer diagnosis and treatment and quality of life are improved for those who do. In order to achieve this, we are not only a tertiary referral centre for gynaecological cancers treating between 400 and 500 women with primary gynaecological cancers but we also have developed an integrated research pathway including all women specific cancers for risk stratification, prevention, early detection and diagnosis, which incorporates clinical, epidemiological, genetic, epigenetic, proteomic, symptom and imaging data, and applies them to populations.
This Group has its origins in the mid-1980s at The Royal London Medical School where Professor Ian Jacobs set up the first large scale ovarian cancer screening trials in the UK.
The Translational Research Centre within the Department of Women’s Cancer, IfWH, has a specialist interest in increasing understanding of the development of women specific cancer, both in women who inherit known genetic mutations, but also in the vast majority of women who do not.
Our major research themes are the identification of cancer biomarkers and understanding the molecular basis of carcinogenesis through the application of quantitative proteomic technologies and other molecular biology techniques.
This initiative began in 2008 to help integrate psychosocial research into the work of the Department of Women’s Cancer. Close collaboration between Anne and her Consultant Clinical Psychologist colleague Dr. Sue Gessler has established a programme of work with a team of doctoral and post doctoral research fellows.