Does cancer research test on animals? Researchers study cancer in animals because they are good models for how cancer behaves in people, helping us understand the disease so we can find better ways to detect and treat it.
How has animal testing helped cancer research? Animals are used in our research to help us understand the mechanisms that underpin cancer, such as the growth and spread of tumours, and to develop new ways of diagnosing, treating and preventing the disease. Our work at the ICR mainly uses mice, which can grow tumours which mimic those of human cancer patients.
What animal is being used to study cancer? At present, most of the animal models commonly used in cancer research are small animal models, such as mice, rats, zebrafish, fruit flies and so on. Among them, mice and zebrafish are the most widely used.
Is chemo tested on animals? And it’s a legal requirement in this country that all new drugs (not just cancer drugs) must be tested in animals before they’re given to people, to make sure that they’re safe to use.