A £110m cancer research centre is planned for Headington to study pioneering treatment with hundreds of county sufferers.

Oxford University today announced The Precision Cancer Medicine Institute, planned for a 2017 or 2018 opening.

It will study drug, surgery and radiation therapy and will be aided by 400 to 450 Churchill patients a year with hard-to-treat early stage diseases like lung and esophageal cancer. 

The aim is for less invasive treatments and treatments that are better tailored to each person.

A new building be built at the university’s Old Road Campus or neighbouring Churchill Hospital. An exact location has not been chosen.

Patients will be referred from NHS doctors and work will include evaluating the benefits of proton beam therapy for non-NHS funded cancers.

The therapy hit headlines in August when police sought the parents of Ashya King, five, after they took him from hospital for the therapy abroad.

Other research will also include the study of DNA and genetics and cancer imaging. It will house about 200 workers with “dozens” of new roles. 

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