Our research on breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK but, thanks to research, more than two thirds of women now survive the disease for 20 years or more. Our work underpins today’s treatments and has helped save many thousands of lives.

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Research helped Cara beat breast cancer

Cara McCormick, now in remission, signed up for a breast cancer clinical trial called Aphinity in 2012 to take a different combination of drugs which “wouldn’t have been available 20 years ago”.

Tackling resistance

Professor Charles Coombes is searching for new ways to treat breast cancers that have become resistant to hormone therapy.

Understanding why breast cancers are different

Dr Matt Smalley’s team are working to unpick how different types of breast cancers arise and why they respond differently to therapies.

Our strategy to beat cancer sooner

Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.Our new strategy will give us the foundations we need to tackle the challenges ahead.

The Francis Crick Institute

We are building a brand new research facility at the heart of London that will help us to beat cancer sooner.

More about breast cancer

Find out about symptoms, risk factors and causes of breast cancer and treatment on our Cancer Help pages.

Read the latest statistics for breast cancer.


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