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. 


Bowel cancer 'chemo swap' shrinks tumours, making surgery safer and easier

Giving some bowel cancer patients six weeks of chemotherapy before surgery can significantly shrink their tumour, making it easier to remove and potentially reducing the...

Bacterial therapy attacks tumours from the inside-out

A new strategy of combining specially modified bacteria with microscopic capsules of chemotherapy could destroy tumours from the inside-out, according to new research from...

Study uncovers genes which affect chemotherapy impact

Researchers have identified 87 genes which appear to affect the sensitivity of human cancer cells to certain chemotherapy drugs.

Tree-derived stem cells may reduce cancer drug costs

UK scientists have shown that stem cells derived from trees could be used to produce a cancer drug called paclitaxel on a commercial scale, at low cost

Drug trial shows improved survival for breast cancer patients

A woman's chances of surviving early stage breast cancer could improve by a third if she is treated with a particular combination of chemotherapy drugs, according to a...

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma survival doubles since early 1970s

More than half of patients diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) are now surviving the disease thanks to improved diagnosis and treatment, according to a new report...

Anti-alcoholism drug could help treat most common type of adult brain cancer

A drug that has been used to treat alcoholic patients for more than sixty years could potentially help treat glioblastoma.

Study demonstrates drug's effect on breast cancer stem cells

When used in combination with traditional chemotherapy, new 'targeted' therapies don't just kill 'normal' cancer cells, but appear to be able to target the cancer 'stem...

US scientists harness nanoparticles for chemotherapy

Scientists have developed a method of custom designing ultra-small particles that may one day be used to precision-target chemotherapy without affecting healthy tissue....

'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...