Defeating Cancer

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Horizon, 2011-2012 Episode 13 of 15

Duration: 59 minutes

Over the past year, Horizon has been behind the scenes at one of Britain's leading cancer hospitals, the Royal Marsden in London.

The film follows Rosemary, Phil and Ray as they undergo remarkable new treatments - from a billion pound genetically targeted drug designed to fight a type of skin cancer, to advanced robotic surgery.

We witness the breakthroughs in surgery and in scientific research that are offering new hope and helping to defeat a disease that more than one in three of us will develop at some stage of our lives.

  • Doctors, nurses and scientists from the RMH and ICR

    Doctors, nurses and scientists from the RMH and ICR

    Some of the staff of the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research featured in the film. From left to right: Dr Nick Van As (Consultant Clinical Oncologist), Helen Taylor (radiographer), Dr James Larkin (Consultant Medical Oncologist), Mr Chris Ogden (surgeon), Prof Paul Workman (Head of Cancer Therapeutics, ICR).

  • Chris Ogden and surgical robot

    Chris Ogden and surgical robot

    Chris Ogden, surgeon who specialises in robotic surgery, with the Da Vinci surgical robot in the Royal Marsden Hospital.

  • Radiotherapy robot

    Radiotherapy robot

    A new radiotherapy machine, known as CyberKnife, has recently arrived at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Credits

Director
Diana Hill
Director
Diana Hill
Producer
Diana Hill
Producer
Diana Hill
Producer
Naomi Law
Producer
Naomi Law
Director
Naomi Law
Director
Naomi Law

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