Cancer news

Latest news, press releases and blog posts from Cancer Research UK.


British Science Week: 10 of the biggest changes in cancer research over the last 20 years

This year’s British Science Week runs from 10th – 19th March, and the theme is ‘change’.

Scrambled DNA inside tumours might hinder cancer immunotherapy

Cancer treatments that harness the power of the immune system might be less effective in patients whose tumours carry incorrectly packaged DNA.

Immunotherapy drug extends lives of advanced lung cancer patients

A drug that ‘reinvigorates the immune system’ can extend the lives of lung cancer patients with reduced side effects.

NCRI Cancer Conference 2016: Day 4 – liver cancer, obesity, immunotherapy poo predictions and more

Read our final roundup from this year's NCRI Cancer Conference, including how bacteria in the gut could help predict if immunotherapy will work.

Weight loss condition provides clue to why some immunotherapy treatments fail

A weight loss condition frequently seen in cancer patients could provide answers as to why certain immunotherapy treatments fail in some patients.

Gut microbes linked to immunotherapy response in melanoma patients

Patients with malignant melanoma are more likely to respond to immunotherapy treatment if they had greater diversity in their gut bacteria.

Immune cells may become ‘exhausted’ during immunotherapy

Specialised immune cells can become ‘exhausted’ following immunotherapy to treat cancer, limiting the treatment’s effectiveness in some people.

Researchers deploy viruses to improve cancer treatments

STAND UP TO CANCER-funded researchers are using viruses to ramp up the effectiveness of a range of cancer treatments – including immunotherapy and radiotherapy.

Seeing past cancer’s invisibility cloak

Find out how our researchers are trying to reveal cancer cells for what they really are. All with the help of Stand Up To Cancer.

A new era for pancreatic cancer: The Dream Team

We catch up with Professor Gerard Evan, a cancer genetics expert in Cambridge, to hear about his Stand Up To Cancer-funded work on pancreatic cancer.