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. 


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...

Childhood cancer research – what are the barriers?

September is childhood cancer awareness month, an important opportunity to increase public awareness about a collection of diseases that can devastate families.


Children’s cancer death rates drop by more than 20 per cent in 10 years

The rate of children dying from cancer has dropped by 22 per cent in the last decade.

No increased risk of cancer near Sellafield or Dounreay in recent years

Children, teenagers and young adults living near Sellafield or Dounreay since the 1990s are not at an increased risk of developing cancer.

Concern at lack of teenage patients in cancer trials

Age limits on clinical trials need to be more flexible to allow more teenage cancer patients the chance to access new treatments

Modified blood-thinning drug could target neuroblastoma

A drug commonly used to prevent blood clots could be adapted to treat neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer.

Aspirin could combat permanent hearing loss caused by cancer drug

Cancer Research UK has launched a new trial to see if high doses of aspirin might help avoid hearing loss in patients given the drug cisplatin.

Simple blood test could improve treatment for deadly childhood cancer

A simple blood test could pinpoint which children are unlikely to respond to treatment for a particularly aggressive form of neuroblastoma

Overhead powerlines do not raise leukaemia risk in children

Children who live near overhead power lines in early life do not have a greater risk of developing childhood leukaemia

Genes in Space, and childhood cancer survivors making a difference

We meet comedian Dara O'Briain at the launch of our new game to help research, and hear from childhood cancer survivors who are giving something back.