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. 


‘Liquid biopsies’ could help spot genetic faults in lung cancer

Blood samples could offer an alternative to tumour biopsies in lung cancer patients, according to European researchers.

‘Targeted’ biopsy could better identify aggressive prostate cancers

An experimental biopsy procedure appears to be more effective than the current tests in identifying ‘high-risk’ prostate cancers.

PET imaging can detect cancer gene activity

US scientists have used PET imaging to detect overactive cancer genes inside breast tumours for the first time, raising the possibility that doctors may be able to detect...

Biopsy still most effective for diagnosing breast cancer, say researchers

Biopsies are still the most effective way to diagnose breast cancer in women at high risk of the disease who have abnormal test results, say scientists.

Urgent action needed to reverse downward trend in pathology research

Pathology research in the UK is at risk unless urgent action is taken to encourage more pathologists into research, a new report* announced at the NCRI Cancer Conference...

Call for better use of prostate cancer biopsies

Routine collection of additional information from prostate cancer biopsies could allow better decisions about the best choice of treatment, according to a study published...

Men should be warned of possible distress of prostate cancer testing

Doctors should warn men that prostate cancer testing may lead to anxiety and distress, say Cancer Research UK experts.

Calcium deposits could improve breast cancer diagnosis

Scientists have discovered for the first time that studying calcium deposits in the breast, often detected through screening, could help doctors diagnose breast cancer...

Cancer genes differ in different parts of a tumour

Taking a sample from just one part of a tumour may not give a full picture of its 'genetic landscape', according to a landmark study published in the New England Journal...

New bowel cancer test gets green light with the public

Almost everyone (98 per cent) who had the new bowel cancer test – soon to become part of the national screening programme – said they were glad to have gone through the...