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About RSS feeds

RSS buttonThis page tells you how to use something called 'RSS' to receive automatic updates when new stories are posted in our News section or on our blog, or when new podcasts are published.

'RSS' feeds send you alerts when webpages have been updated, without you having to visit the website itself. 'RSS' stands for Really Simple Syndication.

To use these feeds, you need to use a special piece of software (or website) called an 'RSS reader’ (see below). These are programmes that automatically check selected websites for updated items, such as news headlines or podcasts.

What RSS feeds does Cancer Research UK offer?

The four main Cancer Research UK RSS feeds you can subscribe to are:

RSS iconOur 'Cancer News' feed - which combines our press releases and our news service to keep you up-to-date 

RSS iconOur monthly podcast

RSS iconOur Science Update blog

RSS iconFunding and Research announcements - for cancer researchers on our latest funding opportunities.

Click on the orange button on each page to access the feed. If you need to, you can copy the web-address (URL) of the feed from that page into your browser or RSS reader (see below) by 'right-clicking' the button and selecting 'Copy link location'

How do I use RSS feeds?

If you don’t already have one, first you will need a RSS reader. These come in three main types - web-based RSS readers like Google Reader or Bloglines; 'desktop-based' RSS readers like FeedDemon; and browser-based readers like Internet Explorer and Firefox, which also have built-in feed readers.

Recommended reader

Here at Cancer Research UK we're very fond of Google Reader, for its simplicity and excellent user-interface. But here are some links to a selection of other feed readers.

Web-based RSS readers

Web browsers with built-in RSS reader

Desktop readers - Windows

Desktop readers - Mac OSX

Once you have a news reader you can begin subscribing to news feeds by looking for orange RSS buttons. You can click on the button to view a RSS feed directly, or drag the button or URL of the feed onto an area of the reader to subscribe.

Updated: 25 September 2009