CANCER researchers have joined forces to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer - while keeping patients warm.

University of Strathclyde chemistry researchers are joining others across the UK in sending diagrams of their work to be used for quilt patterns.

The Quilts4Cancer project is being funded by a £4700 grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Led by Dr Clare Hoskins and Dr Kirsty Ross, the event will coincide with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November.

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Dr Hoskins said: "We chose to have quilts made because it's known that chemotherapy patients get cold during their treatment. The therapy has serious side effects, but we want to raise awareness of the new technology and compounds coming through; a lot of work is being done on making treatment safer, with fewer side effects."

Her design illustrates research in laser-activated nanomedicine, showing nanoparticles with the ability to penetrate deep into pancreatic tumour tissue.

Anyone wishing to participate in the project can contact Dr Hoskins at, with online stitching sessions to be held throughout November.