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Get hands-on with cancer research and join us at Cambridge Festival

Join us on Saturday 16 March from 11am – 4pm for the 'Big Biomedical Campus day' at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, as part of Cambridge Festival.

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Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital is bringing together clinical expertise from Addenbrooke’s Hospital and world-leading science from the University of Cambridge and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre, under one roof. Come and find out how we are changing the story of cancer, see our model of the future East of England specialist cancer hospital, and marvel at some of the interior designs.

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Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital's stand at Cambridge Festival

You can also meet scientists and clinicians from the programmes and institutes of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre to get hands-on with our ground-breaking science as we tell the full story of the cancer research being undertaken across Cambridge.

Come and find us in the Cancer Zone on the second floor of the CAST building for hands-on experiments, informative demonstrations and plenty of fun activities for children and adults of all ages, including:

What is cancer?
We'll welcome you to the Cancer Zone by asking you what sounds like a simple question, but can you answer it? What actually is cancer?

Mask mark making
Learn about the masks used in radiotherapy treatment and get creative with artist Sa’adiah Khan to make your mark on a collaborative mask artwork that will grow throughout the event! Everyone can also get involved with contributing ideas for our new Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital.

Cancer detectives
The capsule sponge test is a quick and simple way to check someone's food pipe for signs of Barrett’s Oesophagus, a potentially precancerous condition where some cells in the lining of the oesophagus have become abnormal and more at risk of turning into cancer. Take a look inside the body with our model, Norman, as our specialist nurses demonstrate how the capsule sponge test works. You'll then collect your own cells from two 'patients' in our special game and can probe them for Barrett's Oesophagus.

The Capsule Sponge Test

Discover discovery science!
Labcoats, on. Safety glasses, check. It's time to refine your skills as a researcher in our pipetting challenge and laboratory equipment scavenger hunt. What is discovery science? Find out in the process!

Sweet DNA sequence bracelets
As, Ts, Cs and Gs… What does it all mean and how can changes in this alphabet of life lead to cancer? Find out whilst making some tasty jewellery that you can take home to eat.

A child wearing sunglasses making a DNA bracelet
Making DNA bracelets

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE)
Embark on a journey of discovery as we unveil the vital role that our patients play in shaping our cancer research. You'll meet some of our inspiring patients, will hear their stories, and will learn how their involvement is improving our scientific breakthroughs. Anyone with experience of cancer can get involved in our research: patient, carer, family member or friend. Find out more and sign up at our PPIE stall.

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Paul is a member of CCRH's Patient Advisory Group (PAG), and involved in designing our future hospital

Blood soup
Join us to create your own blood soup. You'll make up your own bowl of blood and then we’ll show you everything that’s circulating around your body!

Toxicity trek and exploring trial eligibility
Embark on a dino egg dig adventure to discover how patients become eligible for clinical trials and excavate clues about criteria and the scientific selection processes. Explore experimental cancer clinical trials by playing a snakes and ladders game where you'll navigate the progress and setbacks faced by participants and will learn about treatment side effects.

Cancer theraKEY challenge
Unlock the mysteries of targeting cancer with our cancer theraKEY challenge. Link the right therapy key with the correct cell door to unlock the success of targeting and killing cancer cells.

A boy in PPE looking at a 'jelly brain'
Performing 'jelly brain' surgery

Jelly brain surgery and neuropathology
Have you ever wondered how difficult it is to be a brain surgeon? Join us to find out! Using our special jelly brains, you'll step into the role of a surgeon to see how well you can remove a brain tumour (chocolate covered marshmallow). Once you have removed the 'tumour', you will then use your detective skills and work with our neuropathologist to recognise the patterns and identify the features of normal and abnormal brain tissue.

Keyhole surgery simulators
Steady hands at the ready for our keyhole surgery simulator challenge. Test out equipment used by real surgeons to train and practice their key skills.

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Be transported to a virtual laboratory to see tumours in 3D

Virtual Reality Cancer Laboratory
Designed as part of a collaborative effort between games designers, scientists, and astronomers, the virtual reality cancer lab is open for access! After putting on the headset, you will be transported to a virtual laboratory where you will experience an entirely new way of visualising tumours in 3D. Scientists are regularly using this technology to better understand cancer development and you will get the chance to join them!

Teddy bear radiotherapy
Time to gear up Teddy for a radiotherapy rollercoaster ride, targeting those trouble spots with pinpoint accuracy! Dive into the world of radiotherapy treatments, from classic to cutting-edge, and learn how researchers are revolutionising the field to ensure that Teddy – and future patients – receive top-notch care!

Come see us on Saturday 16 March from 11:00–16:00 at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, Robinson Way, CB2 0SZ.