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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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Expert Opinion – Professor Richard Gilbertson talks children’s cancers

We caught up with Professor Richard Gilbertson to find out the challenges facing research into children’s cancers, and where the field is heading.

NCRI cancer conference day 2: big data, immunotherapy and prizes

Monday morning’s papers had lots of coverage of research presented at yesterday’s conference: data on the unacceptably high death rates of patients diagnosed as an...

Antioxidants, free radicals and melanoma spread – what’s going on?

In recent years, a multi-billion pound global industry has sprung up selling antioxidant supplements.

Various pills and potions are heavily promoted as being ‘good...

Blood test could match cancer patients to best treatments

Cancer Research UK-funded scientists have developed a blood test that could help pair cancer patients with the most suitable therapy for their disease.

Have researchers really discovered a ‘new miracle drug to cure nine in 10 cancers’? No, but the research is fascinating

You may have seen some of the headlines today reporting a new ‘miracle drug’ that could cure nine out of 10 cancers. It sounds amazing, but is it true?


The 7 questions we must answer to beat cancer

Seven months ago we set about finding the biggest challenges in cancer research.

The world’s best scientific minds worked together with patients to settle on the...

Recently funded research – understanding what makes cancer tick

Thanks to your support, we’re able to fund research into many different aspects of cancer, from treating it to diagnosing it earlier and developing strategies to try and...

Citizen Scientists can spot cancer cells like pathologists, so what happens next?

At the top of every scientific paper, in small, neat typography is a roll call of the researchers who helped make the study happen.

This can be just a few...

Eye gene acts as ‘partner in crime’ in leukaemia mystery case

Emma Williams, a PhD student in Dr Tim Somervailles’s lab at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, writes about the team’s latest discovery.

It’s not just...

A legacy of ground-breaking research

When you think of donating to charity, the most familiar image is probably a pound coin dropping into a collection bucket. But not many people know that Cancer Research UK...