It always gives me hope to see the continuing developments in the fight against cancer.
This disease can touch anyone and can be devastating - anything which can help to reduce its impact should be celebrated.
Dr Alan Parker, a senior lecturer at Cardiff University, will lead a team to examine and alter the Ad5 virus. In its original form it can can cause airways infections and is usually spread through coughing and sneezing. Ovarian cancer is the sixth most-common cancer among women in the UK, with around 7,400 women diagnosed each year and around 4,100 women dying from it annually. "Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage and five-year survival has remained stubbornly unchanged, at around 40%, for almost 25 years," Dr Parker said. "Using viruses as a way to treat cancer is becoming more common and we're already seeing that some are showing great promise. "People often think viruses are bad. However, they can actually be 'trained' to be an effective cancer treatment."