Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald wins the Jane Wardle prize

A huge congratulations are due to Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald after she was recently awarded the prestigious Jane Wardle Prevention and Early Diagnosis prize, which recognises individuals who have produced world-leading research in the field of prevention and early detection of cancer.

Rebecca, Professor of Cancer Prevention and Honorary Consultant in Gastroenterology, is passionate about detecting cancer earlier and has developed the innovative Cytosponge test, currently in national clinical trial. The Cytosponge can detect a pre-cancerous condition of the oesophagus known as Barrett’s oesophagus – a condition that can increase a person’s risk of developing oesophageal cancer. Rebecca said, “It is a great honour to receive this award which is also a tribute to my fantastic team members (past and present). Jane Wardle was a pioneer in a field which is only now being fully recognised as a vital part of reducing the mortality and morbidity from cancer.”

More information about her work can be found here:  https://www.mrc-cu.cam.ac.uk/research/rebecca-fitzgerald/clinical-studies/BEST3

What is Oesophago-Gastric Cancer?

Oesophageal cancer is cancer of the gullet and gastric cancer is cancer of the stomach. Combined, they are medically known as oesophago-gastric (OG) cancer. The oesophagus (more commonly known as the gullet or food pipe) is the long tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. In Northern Ireland in 2016, a total of 226 people were diagnosed with oesophageal (gullet) cancer. In the same year, 214 people were newly diagnosed with gastric (stomach) cancer.

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