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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. 

Chemotherapy

More oesophageal cancer patients benefit from pre-op chemo than previously thought says study

More oesophageal cancer patients than previously thought are benefiting from having chemotherapy before an operation to remove their tumour.

Early trial results show survival improvement for pancreatic cancer

Adding a new chemotherapy drug to standard treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer has shown dramatic improvement in survival, a new study from Cancer Research UK reveals...

Docetaxel significantly increases survival for incurable gastric cancers

Survival for advanced stomach and oesophagael cancer patients increases by 40 per cent when treated with the chemotherapy drug, Docetaxel – providing evidence to prescribe...

Pre-surgery chemo boosts Wilms' tumour treatment says study

Children being treated for the most common form of childhood kidney cancer, known as Wilms' tumour, show better treatment results if given chemotherapy before surgery,...

Impotence drugs make chemotherapy more effective in rats

A US study has found that drugs used to treat impotence appear to help improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy in rats with brain tumours.

'Epigenetic' therapy shows promise for hard-to-treat lung cancer

A new 'epigenetic' therapy appears to be able to prolong the life of patients with late-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to the results of a small...

Scientists overpower cancer's drug defences

Stripping cancer cells of their defences against chemotherapy with a new class of anti-resistance drug has the potential to improve treatment for many solid tumours,...

Yeast 'DNA damage sensor' provides chemotherapy resistance clue

Cancer Research UK scientists have been part of an international collaboration that has revealed the structure of a protein found in simple yeast cells and shown how it...

New chemotherapy 'cures' early testicular cancer

A single injection of carboplatin - a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat ovarian and lung cancer - can replace radiotherapy to cure a common type of testicular...

Chemo given into the abdomen could boost ovarian cancer survival

Chemotherapy given straight into the abdomen of certain ovarian cancer patients could allow them to live an extra three years on average, according to new research...

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