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. 

Biomarker Research

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.

Blocking the escape routes: how an HIV drug exposes skin cancer’s weaknesses

A new study from our scientists has found that treating melanoma cells with an HIV drug could make them more sensitive to a 'targeted' cancer drug.

New immunotherapy discovery could give treatments the precision they need

Our scientists may have uncovered the 'guidance system' needed to make cancer immunotherapy more effective.

There’s a real sense of optimism around new ways of tackling lung cancer

From immunotherapy to 'targeted' drugs, we report back from a recent conference on lung cancer.

World Cancer Day 2016: six ways our research helps patients across the globe

To mark World Cancer Day, we take a look at how our discoveries over the decades are helping cancer patients all over the world right now.

CRISPR gene editing: new chapter in cancer research or blot in the ethical copybook?

We explore a new revolutionary gene editing technology called CRISPR that's taking labs by storm as scientists look to understand the genetics behind cancer.

The route to ‘precision’ medicine – four key challenges we need to meet

We look at the key themes that emerged from the first ever Molecular Analysis for Personalised Therapy conference in Paris last year

Mapping cancer’s ‘social networks’ opens new approaches to treatment

Cancer Research UK scientists have designed a computer model that applies techniques used to analyse social networks to identify new ways of treating cancer.

Grand Challenge one: can we develop a jab to prevent cancer?

We explore the first of our Grand Challenges and ask the experts if it's possible to develop vaccines to prevent cancers that aren’t caused by viruses.

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