The Oxford Centre for Early Cancer Detection (OxCODE), launched in 2019, is a multi-disciplinary community of Oxford-based researchers and clinicians with interests in early cancer detection research.
What is early detection?
- Early detection is the detection of cancer at the earliest possible stage, when the disease is easiest to treat.
- Early detection looks to identify those few people at risk of cancer within the larger population, and to assess the best possible actions for those people.
- Cancers can be detected earlier through a number of approaches, including screening programmes across the population, surveillance of people with high-risk conditions and individual personal education to support early diagnosis of warning signs for potential cancer.
Why is early detection important?
- When cancer is found earlier, it can be easier to treat successfully – often requiring fewer complex and expensive treatments.
- The chance of survival is higher for early stage cancers but currently, nearly half of all cancers in England are diagnosed at an advanced stage.
- Our research aims to help identify cancers earlier so that more patients can benefit from treatment which is likely to cure them, with fewer adverse side effects, and a reduction in the economic burden of advanced cancer.