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. 

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The UK Government’s spending review: Time to invest in the future of cancer care

This autumn the chancellor Rishi Sunak will set out the Government’s spending priorities. Here's why it's time to invest in cancer services and research.

Creating a shared vision to detect cancer earlier

We're bringing researchers, policy-makers, pharmaceutical companies and the public together to find a way to make early diagnosis better.

NHS staff shortages: What’s needed to build a sustainable cancer workforce?

We’ve estimated it will cost HEE between £142 million and £260 million more than it already invests to grow the key cancer professions by 45%.

Vital rethinking in cancer early detection needed to save lives

The Cancer Research UK Roadmap sets out a plan to overcome the challenges hampering early detection of cancer.

What’s happened to cancer services during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Six months since lockdown, we’ve got a much clearer picture how cancer services were affected, and how well they’re recovering.

One third of cancer patients say coronavirus has impacted their treatment

One in three cancer patients said their treatment was impacted by the effects of COVID-19 on the health system, according to survey results.

Urgent cancer referrals being turned down during coronavirus pandemic 

Around a quarter of GPs have said that urgent referrals for suspected cancer had been turned down by hospitals more often than before the pandemic.

How coronavirus is impacting cancer services in the UK

Cancer services have been severely disrupted across the UK, from screening to treatment and care.

A quarter of cancer patients experience avoidable delay to diagnosis

One in four cancer patients experienced a delay to their diagnosis that could have been avoided.

Ethnic minority women face more barriers to seeing their GP

Women from ethnic minority backgrounds report around twice as many barriers than white women to seeking help for potential cancer symptoms.