Some cases of cancer in children and young people are associated with inherited mutations in cancer-predisposing genes, but very little is known about them. This limits our ability to care for children and young people with cancer or prevent them from developing cancer in the first place. Professor Richard Houlston and his team hope to identify new ways to monitor children and young people with these mutations, which could help ensure that we can diagnose cancer sooner and allow doctors to better tailor each child’s cancer care.
This project is co-funded with Cancer Research UK as part of the Cancer Research UK–Children with Cancer UK Innovation Awards. Children with Cancer UK has contributed £431,100.00 towards this research project, the total cost of the project is £862,201.40
Understanding why some children inherit a greater risk of developing cancer
Professor Richard Houlston
The Institute of Cancer Research
London, SW7 3RP