Cancer news

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


Improving the gold standard for brain tumours

Combining a drug called temozolomide (Temodal) with radiotherapy and surgery is now the international standard-of-care for thousands of people with the most common type of...

The Enemy Within – 50 years of fighting cancer

Cancer has always been with us, affecting our species for many thousands of years. For most of that time there was little we could do in the face of such a powerful...

The shape of all things – the year of crystallography

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series Our milestones

Crystals have been a source of fascination for thousands of years, and for good reason. Not only are they...

Wising up on older people and cancer

Around two in every hundred of the UK’s over-75s are diagnosed with cancer each year. And this accounts for around a third of the nation’s new cancer cases e

Sea sponge drug could boost advanced breast cancer survival by five extra months

A cancer drug originally developed from sea sponges could give women with advanced breast cancer an average of five extra months of life.

Classifying leukaemia: one size doesn’t fit all

This entry is part 18 of 19 in the series Our milestones

Many of us have a moment in our lives where everything changes irrevocably, for better or worse. A moment...

Breaking down cancer’s wall of resistance

“We really had hit a dead end.”

After countless hours of work in the lab, 2012 was a frustrating time for Professor Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke – one of our leading...

Changing the future of pancreatic cancer: The ESPAC trials

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series Our milestones

Mr Tilly had a tough start in life. Abandoned and unwanted, he was down on his luck. But the tide turned...

Will NICE’s proposed reforms actually work?

The way the NHS pays for new cancer drugs (not to mention radiotherapy and other treatments) is a complex and emotive issue, never far from the headlines. This is...

New drug target can break down cancer's barrier against treatment

Cancer Research UK scientists have found that targeting a molecule in blood vessels can make cancer therapy significantly more effective.