Cancer experts give fresh hope to patients in need
One of the success stories in the NHS here in recent times has been the creation of highly specialised cancer centres where the work of clinical and research experts has significantly improved outcomes for patients.
The opening of the new Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility in Belfast, concentrating on cancer, nutrition and metabolism, vision science and respiratory themes, could achieve similar results.
One immediate bonus for patients will be the increased number of clinical trials of therapies which will be available on their doorstep instead of joining the queues elsewhere. It is through such research and evaluation – and bringing critical masses of experts together – that advances can be made and new hope given to patients who face uncertain futures.