Cancer news

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

Targeted Therapies

Two clinical trials show promise with different targeted drugs for lung cancer

Two drugs targeting different gene faults in lung cancer have shown potential to be better than those already available.

Ovarian cancer drug reduces chance certain advanced breast cancers will get worse

A drug that’s already approved to treat certain ovarian cancers holds some advanced breast cancers at bay longer than standard chemotherapy.

Gold nanoparticles help deliver lethal one-two punch to cancer

Tagging gold nanoparticles with a small dose of radiation has helped researchers trace the precious metal as it delivers a drug into the heart of cancer cells.

New research provides hope for patients with hard-to-treat breast cancer

Cancer Research UK scientists have found a new way to slow the growth of the most aggressive type of breast cancer.

Defining cancers based on genetic ‘fingerprint’ could help personalise treatment

Doctors are closer to personalising treatment for some cancers as genetic analysis of tumours becomes more commonplace.

US hospital commits to lung cancer ‘liquid biopsy’

Analysing tumour DNA in blood samples could help doctors offer ‘targeted’ treatments best suited to a patient’s lung cancer.

Scientists identify possible double whammy to attack leukaemia

Cancer Research UK scientists have identified a potential double drug combination against B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

New test could help select the best treatment for bowel cancer patients

A new test could help patients with advanced bowel cancer get the best treatment for their disease.

Ovarian cancer drug wins NICE approval

NICE has given the NHS the green light over a drug which can extend the lives of ovarian cancer patients.

Heat-activated ‘grenade’ to target cancer

Researchers have developed cancer drug-packed ‘grenades’ armed with heat sensitive triggers, allowing for treatment to be targeted directly at tumours.