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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. 

Drug Resistance

Scientists uncover reason for second cancers after targeted melanoma treatment

An international study has uncovered how secondary skin cancers sometimes develop in malignant melanoma patients who are treated with an experimental drug.

Cancer Research UK invests Ј10m in drug discovery

Cancer Research UK is investing Ј10m in drug discovery projects at four universities across the UK.

Studies unpick why bowel cancers become resistant to treatment

Bowel cancer cells develop resistance to new targeted cancer treatments by developing changes in a gene called KRAS, according to new research.

'Patchwork' of gene faults could help predict cervical cancer drug success

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered that cervical cancer patients who have a mixture of different genetic faults in their tumour at the start of treatment may be...

Healthy cells around tumours 'help fuel chemotherapy resistance'

The damage chemotherapy can cause to the healthy cells around tumours - the so-called 'tumour microenvironment' - could help cancer to develop resistance to treatment,...

Scientists shed new light on why pancreatic cancer drugs can fail

Cancer Research UK scientists led an international team of investigators who have discovered a new mechanism that may explain why pancreatic cancer patients are often...

'Significant' new cancer drug resistance mechanism identified

A key cause of drug resistance in cancer cells has been identified by European and US researchers.

Scientists unlock key to tamoxifen resistance

Cancer Research UK funded scientists have discovered why some breast cancers are resistant to the commonly used drug tamoxifen, their findings are published in Cancer...

Stem cell step forward in cancer treatment

Cancer Research UK scientists have developed a new technique for transplanting stem cells into patients which could improve treatments for advanced leukaemia and lymphoma...

Cancer Research UK scientists discover pattern of genetic faults to predict cancer drug success

A pattern of genetic defects in tumours could indicate whether ovarian cancer patients will respond to common chemotherapy drugs before treatment starts, reveals a Cancer...