Cancer news

Latest news, press releases and blog posts from Cancer Research UK.


Test could spare breast cancer patients unnecessary chemotherapy

A gene test may improve the way doctors treating women with early-stage breast cancer identify those who can safely avoid post-surgery chemotherapy.

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.

‘Controlling’ tumours with chemo may help manage some cancers long-term

Using low doses of chemotherapy to keep cancer at bay might be more effective than trying to destroy the tumour outright.

World Cancer Day 2016: six ways our research helps patients across the globe

To mark World Cancer Day, we take a look at how our discoveries over the decades are helping cancer patients all over the world right now.

Grand Challenge seven: kill cancer cells using new ‘smart drugs’

We explore our seventh Grand Challenge, attempting to pull off the ultimate cell heist and use new 'smart drugs' to selectively kill cancer cells.

What do palladium metal, Charles Darwin and Salmonella have in common?

We look at three exciting new projects funded through our Pioneer Award scheme.

Gut microbes trigger chemo side-effects, but there could be a way to stop them

There are microscopic communities living inside all of us.

These communities are made up of bacteria that happily live on or inside our bodies. Each community is...

Targeting cancer’s self-defence mechanisms

Dr John Halsall and Professor Bryan Turner, from the Chromatin and Gene Expression Group at the University of Birmingham, write about their latest research.


Chemo drug works by tricking cells into thinking they're infected

A type of chemotherapy drug appears to work by tricking cells into thinking they're infected with viruses.

Our milestones: Cisplatin – the story of a platinum-selling life-saver

This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series Our milestones

In the latest in Our Milestones series, we go back to the 1970s to look at how Cancer Research UK scientists...