Sarcoma UK is excited to announce that it will be committing £250,000 to a new project exploring the genomics of dedifferentiated liposarcoma, marking another step forward in understanding sarcoma and finding new and better treatments for patients.
A particularly aggressive soft tissue sarcoma subtype, current treatments for dedifferentiated liposarcoma can be ineffective, with debilitating side effects. To help find new treatments for this sarcoma, Sarcoma UK has committed £250,000 in funding to a project led by Dr Zoë Walters, based at the University of Southampton.
Dr Walters and her team will take genetic information from patient tumour data, with the aim of identifying specific genes which play a part in the development of dedifferentiated liposarcoma. This knowledge will then allow them to target these genes with drugs, to explore if a more effective treatment can be found. In the long run, this work will bring us a step towards a new and better treatment for patients with dedifferentiated liposarcoma and for other types of sarcomas.