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DNA analysis brings scientists step closer to ‘complete picture’ of breast cancer

An analysis of the complete genetic code of hundreds of breast tumours could lead to more personalised care for patients.

Immunotherapy and chemo combination shows early promise for pancreatic cancer

An experimental drug that stimulates the immune system, used in combination with chemotherapy, shrank tumours in patients with pancreatic cancer.

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.

Researchers uncover weakness in leukaemia cells

UK scientists have found that a pair of genes inside cells could play a major role in how a serious form of leukaemia develops.

Prostate cancer is five different diseases

Scientists have for the first time identified that there are five distinct types of prostate cancer and found a way to distinguish between them.

Common hormone could help treat breast cancer

Around half of all breast cancer patients could one day benefit from having the cheap and widely-available female hormone progesterone added to their treatment.

Diet swap study suggests gut bacteria play a role in bowel cancer risk

The benefits of a high-fibre diet in reducing bowel cancer risk could be due to its effects on gut bacteria, according to a preliminary international study.

Scientists decipher key steps in cancer development to improve treatment

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered the timing of key genetic mistakes that fuel tumour growth.

Healthy-looking prostate cells mask cancer-causing mutations

Prostate cells that look normal under the microscope may be hiding genetic mutations that could develop into cancer, according to new research.

Pancreatic cancer has four distinct types

Researchers have found that pancreatic cancer can be split into four unique types, a discovery that could help improve treatments for the disease.