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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. 


Potential new way to treat childhood leukaemia identified

An international team of scientists has discovered a potential new treatment target for T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL).

Scientists predict three quarters of children with leukaemia will be cured

Around three-quarters of children diagnosed with leukaemia today will be cured of their disease, according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer* today (...

Childhood brain cancer may be caused by infection

Cancer Research UK scientists have found evidence that children's brain cancers could be caused by infection with bacteria or a virus.

More than 33,000 childhood cancer survivors living in the UK

An estimated 33,000 long-term survivors of childhood cancer - the vast majority of whom are cured - will be living in the UK by the end of 2012.

Common infections may trigger leukaemia

UK scientists have identified a molecule that provides the first experimental evidence as to how leukaemia may be triggered by common childhood infections.

Scientists uncover basis for drug resistance in common childhood cancer

US scientists say they have worked out why acute lymphoblastic leukaemia can come back after treatment.

Scientists divide ependymoma brain tumours into two types

Researchers have discovered that a brain tumour that affects both children and adults can be divided into two clinically distinct groups.

Nursery attendance may reduce the risk of childhood leukaemia

Toddlers that attend nursery may have a reduced risk of developing childhood leukaemia, according to a study published in the BJC.

Cancer Research UK launch national children's cancer trials team in Birmingham

Birmingham will be at the forefront of developments in childhood cancer research thanks to the launch of a new team which will co-ordinate groundbreaking clinical trials...

Scientists find new drug target for hard-to-treat leukaemia

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered a promising new approach to treat a type of myeloid leukaemia.