The Who and Debbie Harry to play at cancer concert

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The concert will raise money for PDT trials

The Who, Debbie Harry and The Verve's Richard Ashcroft are to perform at a charity concert to raise money for cancer research.

Guitarist Jeff Beck will also appear at the Killing Cancer gig on 13 January at London's Hammersmith Apollo.

Cash raised will be used to research Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), described by the charity as a "highly effective way to destroy target cells".

Beck said he was "pleased to be asked to support such a vital cause".

"Any new breakthrough in cancer treatment should be taken very seriously and we want as many people to know about that as possible," he said.

The concert would help to raise public awareness as well as raise money for PDT trials, he said.

The gig has been organised by concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith and The Who's manager Bill Curbishley.

PDT uses laser or other light sources, combined with a light-sensitive drug (sometimes called a photosensitising agent), to destroy cancer cells.

It is currently approved for use to treat head and neck cancer, skin cancer and cancer in the lungs and the oesophagus.

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