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. 

Diagnosing Cancer

NHS diaries: ‘It’s the most stressful organisation I’ve worked in in my life’

Diagnosing cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages is vital to help more people survive their cancer. But it requires having enough NHS staff in place.

The first complete picture of how long it takes to diagnose cancer in England

Researchers have gathered the most complete picture of how long people wait for a cancer diagnosis in England. And there's huge variation between referrals.

How new tests might help find treatments for cancers with no known origin

We’re looking into a certain type of cancer that is diagnosed once it has already spread, and doctors can’t find where the cancer first started growing.

Lung cancer screening part 2: research into detection technology could lead to better tests

Blood tests, breath studies and better CT scans could all help detect lung cancers earlier. We investigate the latest research that could inform lung screening.

‘Universal fingerprint’ in cancer DNA points to potential blood test. But it’s not ready for patients

A '10 minute cancer test’ is big news today. The science behind the headlines is exciting, but the test is a long way from being used to diagnose cancer.

Lung cancer screening part 1: the benefits and harms according to clinical trials

Researchers are trying to diagnose lung cancer early through screening, and studying if the benefits of early detection outweigh the harms.

My sister’s cancer diagnosis: ‘I just remember waiting for news all the time’

Rachel, from East Sussex, shares how her sister Thekla’s breast cancer diagnosis has affected the family so far.

The Prime Minister committed to diagnosing cancers earlier – so how many staff does the NHS need to get there?

Our new report estimates the number of cancer staff the NHS will need in the future so that people with cancer receive the best possible care.

Pathology staff shortages causing delays to cancer diagnosis, says report

NHS pathology departments are suffering from chronic staff shortages, finds a new report.

NHS paying out millions to cover lack of radiologists, says Royal College

The NHS is spending millions on outsourcing to prop up a shortage in radiologists, according to new figures from the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR).

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