Cancer news

The latest news in cancer research, health and policy by Cancer Research UK.

We cover developments in cancer treatments, research into cancer risk and diagnosis as well as the latest cancer science stories. You'll also find analysis and comment on health and cancer policy. 

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Vital rethinking in cancer early detection needed to save lives

The Cancer Research UK Roadmap sets out a plan to overcome the challenges hampering early detection of cancer.

Transatlantic scientific partnership to connect world researchers in quest to solve cancer’s toughest problems

Cancer Research UK and the US National Cancer Institute, are uniting to define a new era in cancer research and discovery.

44% rise in patients waiting for tests to diagnose bowel, stomach, bladder and oesophageal cancer

55,500 more people are waiting to get tests used to diagnose four common cancers compared to last year.

Urgent cancer referrals being turned down during coronavirus pandemic 

Around a quarter of GPs have said that urgent referrals for suspected cancer had been turned down by hospitals more often than before the pandemic.

Scotland's lifeline cancer trials must be restarted urgently

Cancer Research UK’s calls backed by eminent Edinburgh scientist who says the COVID-19 halt to clinical trials has taken away hope for some patients.

Over 2 million people in backlog for cancer care

Around 2.4 million people in the UK are waiting for cancer screening, further tests or cancer treatment according to a new analysis by Cancer Research UK.

Complex innovative trials: Authors call for new guideline adoption to get medicines to patients faster

Complex Innovative Design trials could be transformed for the better, following the publication of ten recommendations in the British Journal of Cancer.

So-called 'junk DNA' affects inherited cancer risk

Research reveals how genetic variations in the regions of DNA that don't code for proteins, once dismissed as 'junk DNA', can affect a person's risk of cancer.

A quarter of cancer patients experience avoidable delay to diagnosis

One in four cancer patients experienced a delay to their diagnosis that could have been avoided.

Breast and kidney cancer drugs approved on NHS Scotland

Two new cancer treatment options have been accepted for use in Scotland for some patients living with breast and kidney cancer.