News reports

National and international developments in cancer, health and policy. Produced in collaboration with the Press Association unless otherwise stated.

Tumour cells may ‘hijack’ white blood cells to help spread

White blood cells that usually help fight infections could be co-opted by cancer cells to help tumours spread, a new US study has found.

Tobacco companies 'exaggerating need for small retailers to sell cigarettes'

Tobacco companies are exaggerating the need for small retailers to sell cigarettes and the impact it has on footfall and profits.

New consent forms for cancer treatments published

Cancer patients are being given a new consent form to better explain the drugs they will be given before starting treatment.

Immune-boosting gut microbes can help chemotherapy drugs

Certain microbes in the gut can help improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs, according to a new study.

Ratings published for local cancer services

New ratings published by NHS England show how different areas of the country are handling the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.