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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. 

Biomarker Research

Science Snaps: prioritising the gene faults behind bowel cancer

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Science Snaps

As tumours develop, faults can pop up in what seems like a bewildering number of genes. And each time one cell...

Two years on for our pioneering TRACERx lung cancer study

It should have been a dream holiday – a perfect escape from England’s January chills for a retired couple. Terrence, 75, was relaxing on deck with a book as the cruise...

5 hot research topics our scientists are homing in on

From the mechanics behind fast-moving melanoma cells to cancer’s very own (and very complex) family tree, we’ve picked a handful of important research discoveries to share...

Molecule in bowel tumours linked to poorer survival

US scientists have identified a molecule whose levels in tumour tissue appear to be linked with poorer survival among bowel cancer patients.

‘This switches the lights on’ – how discovering the shape of three proteins could lead to new cancer drugs

The ‘lightbulb moment’ is a much-coveted event in a scientist’s career.

But in reality, it’s something more likely to appear in a work of fiction than in the...

A ‘simple urine test’ for pancreatic cancer? Not just yet.

Pancreatic cancer has one of the poorest survival rates of any common cancers, with only three per cent of patients still alive five years after diagnosis.


New role for prostate cancer protein could lead to better diagnosis and treatment

US scientists studying how prostate cancer cells grow say they've discovered a new role for a protein previously known to be involved in repairing damaged DNA.

Making sense of big cancer data

“Cancers contain many more mutations than we thought  – but finding those that actually matter is like finding a needle in a haystack,” Dr Dana Pe’er told the audience at...

Fishing for clues – how ‘liquid biopsies’ are uncovering cancer’s secrets

It takes just three minutes for a precious 10 millilitre blood sample to be carried from the specialist cancer wards of the Christie Hospital in Manchester, down a...

TRAIL and error – flipping cancer’s self-destruct switch

It may sound dramatic, but sometimes our bodies need to tell our cells to self destruct.

Known as apoptosis, this suicide mechanism is usually only triggered under...