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. 


Cancer Research UK launches nine high-tech gene projects

Unravelling the genetic secrets behind a range of cancers is the aim of a new initiative from Cancer Research UK.

Virus discovery may aid treatment of children's brain tumour

A large proportion of medulloblastomas are infected with a virus, according to work published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Boost in childhood cancer survival rates 'due to clinical trials'

The recent increase in survival for children with cancer is due to more patients taking part in clinical trials, according a British study.

Britain rivals the US in childhood cancer survival

UKCCSG 25th Anniversary Conference Britain's survival rates for the most common forms of children's cancer now match those of the US - universally acknowledged as the gold...

Deaths from cancer in children fall by almost 60 per cent since the '60s

THE RATE of children dying from cancer has fallen by almost 60 per cent over the last 40 years, according to new figures from Cancer Research UK.

Children with cancer 'failed' by system

Children and young people with cancer are spending longer than necessary in hospital because there are not enough children's community nurses and social workers, the...

Chemo and radiation therapy 'do not cause birth defects'

A study in the US has found that having radiation treatment or chemotherapy for cancer as a child does not increase the risk of birth defects among those who have children...

Trials regulation hindering childhood cancer progress

Overly complex EU regulations are hampering progress on cancer survival rates in children, say leading researchers.

New evidence that power lines do not cause childhood leukaemia

A study published in the British Journal of Cancer1 casts further doubt over claims that magnetic fields produced by power lines and electrical appliances can lead to...

Trial results show dramatically improved survival for relapsed childhood leukaemia

A new treatment increases survival to almost 70 per cent for children whose acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) returns.