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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. 


Scientists crack conundrum of how combined chemotherapy destroys pancreatic cancer cells

Scientists have discovered how a combination of two drugs - already showing promise in clinical trials - destroys pancreatic cancer cells,

New chemo-targeting could cut deaths and side effects say researchers

A new method of delivering chemotherapy drugs could avoid negative side effects such as sickness and hair loss, Bath University researchers have claimed.

Scientists identify genetic markers for common side-effect of taxane chemotherapy

US scientists have identified genetic markers associated with a common side-effect of taxane-based chemotherapy called peripheral neuropathy.

Faster chemo technique increases survival in children with neuroblastoma

Chemotherapy given with shorter intervals between treatments than conventional chemotherapy increases survival rates by two thirds in children with high-risk neuroblastoma...

New research sheds light on ways to improve treatment for aggressive breast cancer

Changing the order that chemotherapy drugs are given to breast cancer patients before surgery makes treatment much more effective, according to trial results presented at...

New research moves us one step closer to personalised breast cancer treatment

CANCER RESEARCH UK scientists have found that a test, already used in breast cancer diagnosis, can also predict who will and who wonїt benefit from commonly used...

NICE recommends topotecan for cervical cancer

Cancer drug topotecan will now be available on the NHS for the treatment of advanced or recurring cervical cancer.

Lower doses enable older bowel cancer patients to take part in chemotherapy trials

Older patients with bowel cancer may be able to take part in clinical trials if the doses of experimental chemotherapy drugs are lowered.

BRCA1 gene points way to targeting breast cancer treatment

Testing tumours for the breast cancer gene BRCA1 could be a powerful way of predicting how patients will respond to chemotherapy, scientists from Breast Cancer Campaign...

Trial results raise hope of more effective pancreatic cancer treatment

A major international trial has shown a commonly used chemotherapy drug is as effective at helping prevent pancreatic cancer returning after surgery as the more expensive...