Welcome to the Leuven Cancer Institute

The Leuven Cancer Institute was established as part of KU Leuven and University Hospitals Leuven. At LKI basic scientists, clinical researchers and doctors join forces. Their aim is to fight cancer even more effectively and to offer the best chances to patients with cancer. LKI strives for a leading position in care, diagnosis, therapy, research and training. LKI is also dedicated to meeting patients’ social and emotional needs.

You can rely on our commitment. With your help we hope to boost our efforts: every new ally makes us stronger in our battle against cancer. We sincerely thank you for your trust and support.

Researchers identify a new mechanism that impacts tumor growth
published on 15 february 2017

Scientists at VIB-KU Leuven have identified a new mechanism that impacts tumor growth. The typical lack of oxygen in tumors doesn’t only stimulate proliferation, but also offsets the important role of the protein PHD2 as ‘cancer cell killer’. The research, led by prof. Massimiliano Mazzone, is published in the leading scientific journal Cell Reports.

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Every patient is unique. In fact, every tumour is unique. Therefore, to make sure our patients receive the optimal care they need, we are developing ‘personalized therapies’. However, developing and implementing new therapies is hugely expensive. Your support is literally our lifeline.


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