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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. 

Brain Tumour Primary

£18 million fund to tackle six biggest themes in brain tumour research launched today

The Cancer Research UK Brain Tumour Awards* have been launched in partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity today.

Scientists exploit leaks in blood brain barrier to treat glioblastoma

An ovarian cancer drug can leak through the blood brain barrier to reach brain tumours and could be an effective treatment for glioblastoma.

Brain tumours share common tricks to survive

Different types of brain tumours may use strikingly similar approaches to generate and use energy to survive in the brain.

Zika virus shrinks brain tumours in lab tests

The Zika virus can target and kill a particular type of brain tumour cell in the lab.

‘Practice changing’ study defines standard of care for elderly glioblastoma patients

Using chemotherapy alongside radiotherapy can extend the lives of elderly patients with glioblastoma, according to a Canadian study.

Gene linked to brain defect could point to a new brain tumour drug target

Research into a rare genetic disease could help scientists understand a type of brain tumour.

Brain tumour characteristics could help predict survival in people over 70

Characteristics like seizures, location of the tumour, and pressure in the brain, give insight into survival and treatment options for patients over 70.

Giving chemotherapy after radiotherapy improves survival for patients with rare brain tumour

Giving chemotherapy after radiotherapy delays further growth of a rare type of brain tumour, increasing the number of patients alive at five years.

International trial for children’s brain tumours launches in the UK

Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens launches the UK arm of a large international clinical trial* for a type of children’s brain tumour, called ependymoma.

Scientists discover new way to tackle challenging children’s brain tumours

Scientists have discovered why a curable type of children’s brain tumour is so responsive to chemotherapy.