Personalised Medicine for Cancer: The Future or a Fantasy?

By February 24, 2016 No Comments

As part of the fantastic MedSoc Mondays programme, MedSoc Oncology proudly hosted our first debate on February 1st between two of UCL’s brilliant Professors of Oncology; Daniel Hochhauser and Charles Swanton. Both speakers chose their sides and chose to take the tough options, with Prof Swanton, whose research focuses on developing personalised therapies choosing to argue against the role of personalised interventions and Prof Hochhauser putting aside his own stance to argue for a personalised approach. Our speakers set out their arguments in opening statements before an entertaining and broad-ranging open debate, covering issues such as costs of therapy, scientific challenges and even the definition of the personalised therapies about which they were debating! There was an excellent rapport between Prof Hochhauser and Prof Swanton, with some amusing criticisms of each other’s arguments being thrown about, much to the pleasure of the audience. The audience had an opportunity to ask questions and there were many insightful and interesting questions, which brought yet more important topics up for discussion. Overall the debate was very informative and we were delighted to hear that so many of the audience enjoyed it. It was a great privilege to be able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of our two speakers. Please do keep an eye out for future MedSoc Oncology events and owing to the success of this debate, we will surely hold another in the future!

Author Oncology

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, especially in the developed world. As a disease of aging and affluence, it is likely to grow in significance in the coming years, burdening healthcare services all around the world. Through organising a cornucopia of engaging events throughout the course of the academic year, our society hopes to inform students about this major disease, and inspire them to join in the war against cancer.

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