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. 

Cancer Genes

There’s a real sense of optimism around new ways of tackling lung cancer

From immunotherapy to 'targeted' drugs, we report back from a recent conference on lung cancer.

CRISPR gene editing: new chapter in cancer research or blot in the ethical copybook?

We explore a new revolutionary gene editing technology called CRISPR that's taking labs by storm as scientists look to understand the genetics behind cancer.

Grand Challenge six: target cancer’s ‘super-controller’

The sixth of our Grand Challenge topics is posing the question: can we target the cancer ‘super-controller’ MYC?

UK Government’s DNA-mapping project recruits first cancer patients

The UK’s pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project has recruited its first patients with cancer.

Decoding cancer’s secret diary

Cancer Research UK’s Dr Trevor Graham and Dr Andrea Sottoriva discuss their work on the mathematics of how tumours grow and its implications for treatment.

The 0.01 per cent: can over-the-counter genetic tests help you be healthier?

Is the future written in your genes? We investigate whether over-the-counter genetic tests can predict our risk of cancer.

‘Angelina Jolie effect’ sees increase in double mastectomy rates among high-risk women at UK centre

Experts have reported an increase in preventative double mastectomies since Angelina Jolie announced that she had undergone the procedure in 2013.

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...