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Improving cancer survival through molecular imaging

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Molecular imaging allows us to visualise and quantify biological processes in intact living organisms, from cells, to mouse to man. In this talk, I will highlight the importance of molecular imaging in medicine, focusing on how it can improve our understanding of cancer response to therapy. In particular, I will describe how recent technological advances in imaging have shed light on tumour progression, providing a noninvasive means to stage and stratify cancer patients into disease subtypes. This is achieved through tumour ‘phenotyping’; looking at the spatial distribution of tumour metabolic and functional processes, rather than standard anatomical measures of tumour size. I will conclude with perspectives on the current status and future clinical potential of these approaches.

This talk is part of the Cavendish Physical Society series.

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