Poet Laureate Simon Armitage pens a poem in the fight against cancer

A poem written by the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage that celebrates advances in cancer treatments has been engraved onto a pill.

He penned a verse about how studies at the The Institute of Cancer Research's (ICR) Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery in London will help make the disease more manageable. 

The centre aims to create personalised treatments that are more effective and cause fewer side effects than 'one-size-fits-all' chemo. 

The 51-word poem called 'Finishing it' has been engraved onto a 20mm x 10mm (0.7 x 0.3 inches) replica of a cancer-fighting pill.

The will be displayed permanently in the ICR's centre, which is under construction and due to open next year.

The poem 'Finishing It' was written by the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage to celebrate advances in cancer treatments. It has been engraved onto an anti-tumour pill (pictured)

The poem 'Finishing It' was written by the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage to celebrate advances in cancer treatments. It has been engraved onto an anti-tumour pill (pictured)

The poem highlights how studies at the The Institute of Cancer Research's Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery in London will make the disease more manageable for all sufferers. Pictured is the remainder of the 51-word poem on the other side of the 20mm x 10mm replica pill

The poem highlights how studies at the The Institute of Cancer Research's Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery in London will make the disease more manageable for all sufferers. Pictured is the remainder of the 51-word poem on the other side of the 20mm x 10mm replica pill

Simon Armitage (pictured) said 'science and poetry are closer associates than people assume'

Simon Armitage (pictured) said 'science and poetry are closer associates than people assume'

Professor Paul Workman, chief executive of The ICR, said: 'Simon Armitage's poem engraved on a pill perfectly conveys the exquisite precision of the work the ICR's scientists will be conducting in our new Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery. 

'Our researchers are focusing on understanding, predicting and blocking the evolution of cancer.

'[By] aiming to stay one step ahead of the disease using precision medicine and drug combinations, we can achieve long-term survival and cure.

'We still have £14million to raise in order to complete the Centre so we can bring together experts in cancer drug discovery, computational big data and AI, alongside others studying evolution in cells, animals and individual patients. 

'The aim is to create a new generation of cancer medicines.'

One in two people born after 1960 in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lives, Cancer Research UK statistics show.

In the US, more than 1.7 million cases of cancer are thought to have been diagnosed last year alone, according to the National Cancer Institute.

The poem was commissioned to highlight the research that will take

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