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“Cancer research on wrong track,” says cancer league

09:10 07/03/2014

The chair of the Flemish League Against Cancer has urged researchers and the government to quickly accelerate cancer research in order to avoid treatments becoming unaffordable. According to the organisation, cancer treatments will soon cost Belgian society up to €5 billion more if the government and pharmaceutical sector continue on the same track.

“The situation will become untenable,” said the organisation’s chair Jean-Jacques Cassiman, a professor at the University of Leuven. “Researchers and government need to quickly move up a gear by investing more in research, publishing results faster, more rapidly remove outdated medicine and set prices more correctly.”

This Saturday, the foundation is sponsoring an awareness action around colon cancer in Brussels Central train station. Visitors can take part in a free guided visit inside a huge inflatable colon, where doctors will explain how a polyp can suddenly become cancerous.

Written by Andy Furnier