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Milestones in modern oncology: how far have we come?

Milestones in cancer research and discovery

To see just how far cancer research and discovery has come over the last 50 years we have collated the key milestones into an interactive timeline, scroll the timeline to gain a visual snapshot of oncology from 1979 to the present day.

Key:    ■ Genomic advancements   ■ Drug approvals    ■ Research discoveries

Cancer advancements 2017–2018

Working back from early 2017 to the present, we have seen several key advancements in the field of oncology. First up, genomic medicine has come on leaps and bounds over the last 12 months. Earlier in the year we spoke with David Bentley from Illumina about the 100,000 Genomes Project; an initiative aimed at creating a new genomic medicine service for the NHS – transforming the way people are cared for. Since that interview, we have seen several further advancements in cancergenetics; most notably the ground-breaking study in which researchers discovered 72 new breast cancer gene variants, nearly doubling the total number of known variants associated with breast cancer.

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