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Cancer research today : tumour diagnosis: biochemical and cytological methods.

  • Neville, Adam M.
  • Videos

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Here, Professor A.M. Neville, Dr. D. Coleman and Dr. J.A. Forrester discuss biochemical and cytological methods of tumour diagnosis in cancer. A summary accompanying the cassette reads: "This programme is aimed at methods which may be of value in the earlier detection of neoplasia. It contains three parts. The first is devoted to cytology, the methodology and its application to carcinoma of the cervix. The second part of the programme deals with the macrophage electrophoretic mobility (MEM) test, which purports to be a quantitative method of measuring cell-mediated immunity and would appear to have value in the detection of localised primary tumours. The final session concerns measurement of oncofoetal antigens in body fluids and their role in the detection of disseminated disease prior to other clinical methods."


London : University of London Audio-Visual Centre, 1974.

Physical description

1 encoded moving image (37.06 min.) : sound, black and white.



Copyright note

University of London

Terms of use

Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.0 UK: England & Wales

Language note

In English

Creator/production credits

Presented by AM Neville, Dr D Coleman and Dr JA Forester. Made by University of London Audio-Visual Centre. Made for British Postgraduate Medical Federation.


This video is one of around 310 titles, originally broadcast on Channel 7 of the ILEA closed-circuit television network, given to Wellcome Trust from the University of London Audio-Visual Centre shortly after it closed in the late 1980s. Although some of these programmes might now seem rather out-dated, they probably represent the largest and most diversified body of medical video produced in any British university at this time, and give a comprehensive and fascinating view of the state of medical and surgical research and practice in the 1970s and 1980s, thus constituting a contemporary medical-historical archive of great interest. The lectures mostly take place in a small and intimate studio setting and are often face-to-face. The lecturers use a wide variety of resources to illustrate their points, including film clips, slides, graphs, animated diagrams, charts and tables as well as 3-dimensional models and display boards with movable pieces. Some of the lecturers are telegenic while some are clearly less comfortable about being recorded; all are experts in their field and show great enthusiasm to share both the latest research and the historical context of their specialist areas.


Segment 1 Neville introduces the lecture. Coleman describes how Papanicolaou (Pap) cervical smear tests work and shows slides with cells from the test. She refers to a histogram detailing survival rates for women with cervical carcinome, depending on when they were diagnosed. A close up photograph of a cervix and abnormal cells taken from it are shown. Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:08:20:00 Length: 00:08:20:00
Segment 2 Coleman compares the survival rates with cervical cancer of screened and unscreened women. Forrester talks about the MEM test which is used to detect the presence of malignant disease in the blood. Time start: 00:08:20:00 Time end: 00:16:32:00 Length: 00:08:12:00
Segment 3 Forrester continues to talk about the MEM test and gives cases where it might produce a false negative result, thus be misleading. Time start: 00:16:32:00 Time end: 00:23:50:00 Length: 00:07:18:00
Segment 4 Neville discusses oncofoetal antigens (antigens produced during foetal life) and their function. He relates high levels of these antigens to the development of certain cancers. Time start: 00:23:50:00 Time end: 00:28:19:00 Length: 00:04:29:00
Segment 5 Neville continues to discuss oncofoetal antigens. He then summarises the findings of each section of the lecture; cytology, the MEM test and oncofeotal antigens. Time start: 00:28:19:00 Time end: 00:37:06:03 Length: 00:08:47:03


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