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

Plain cigarette packaging may reduce smoking rates

Plain, standardised packaging for cigarettes may reduce the number of people who smoke, according to a new review of evidence.

Blocking growth of tumour blood vessels could boost immunotherapy

Immunotherapy treatment could be improved by blocking molecules that help tumour blood vessels grow, according to two new lab-based studies.

Immunotherapy drug too costly for head and neck cancer

An immunotherapy drug is too expensive to be given to NHS patients with head and neck cancers in England, according to the NHS drugs watchdog.

Study suggests why an immunotherapy drug works in some melanoma patients but not in others

Matching tumour size to the body’s immune response could help doctors tailor immunotherapy treatments for melanoma patients whose disease has spread.

Breast cancer drug approved for use in Scotland, though concerns remain about patients getting the drug across the UK

Scotland is first part of the UK to make a drug routinely available on the NHS that can extend the lives of women with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

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