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Information for students

As a research charity, we do not have the resources to individually help the large numbers of students who contact us about their project work. But there is a lot of information on the Cancer Research UK website that you will find helpful. Below are links to a range of information sources available to you.

If you are a student health professional, or a health professional involved in further professional education, you will find a wealth of information related to patient care on our patient information pages. The site search covers all the text on the site, so do use it to look for the right pages. Or you can navigate to the section on your cancer type by using the top tab. There are pages about current research in each cancer section. 

We also have a database of clinical trials in the UK. It covers

  • Trials that are currently open and recruiting patients in the UK
  • Trials that have now closed to recruitment and are in follow up
  • Trials that have reported results

We started the trials database in 2000 so it does not cover any trials that closed earlier than that.

You can find a wide range of databases and internet resources at Health Information Resources (formerly the National Library for Health or NELH). You can also find high quality cancer information at NHS Evidence - cancer – a comprehensive evidence based resource that supports busy health professionals in keeping up to date. These resources can be accessed by anyone, not just NHS employees.

If you are working on a school project about cancer or cancer cells, our website has a section about cells and cancer, which includes information on the differences between cancer cells and normal cells. Or you can go to the youth and schools section.

Our News and Resources section contains lots of information that may be helpful for students, journalists, health professionals and anyone who has a particular interest in cancer or cancer research. You can also access Cancer Research UK publications, including statistics and overviews of our research.

The Cancer Research UK website has two other sections that you may also find helpful. One gives information about the charity and our fundraising. The other provides very detailed information about our research.

If you are keen to read specific research studies relating to your area of interest, you need to look at the published medical literature. To do this, you can use a search engine such as PubMed. This is a service of the US National Library of Medicine, with access to over 12 million references from medical and scientific journals. It is usually possible to view an abstract of research articles and some have links to free full text.

We hope you find this information helpful.

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Updated: 20 September 2013