Professor Diana Harcourt’s research will help women discuss their goals and priorities for breast reconstruction surgery with their surgeon.


The Breast Cancer Now LEGACY Study is the first research project of this kind dedicated to secondary breast cancer to be conducted in the UK.

Cancer cells are extremely resilient and able to survive in harsh conditions, sometimes lingering in the body even after treatment. Finding ways to tackle this resilience will help scientists develop more effective ways to treat breast cancer.

Breast cancer is not one, but a collection of diverse and overlapping diseases. This makes it difficult to accurately diagnose patients and select the best possible treatment for each individual.

Although effective treatments exist for breast cancer, there are many patients for whom these drugs don’t work or stop working over time. 

The Molecular Cell Biology team are studying the cellular mechanisms that control the growth and spread of tumour cells.