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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

Study sheds light on Herceptin resistance in breast cancer

A new study has shed light on why some patients taking the breast cancer drug Herceptin (trastuzumab) become resistant to the treatment.

New hope for ways to overcome drug resistance in lung cancer

New hope for ways to overcome drug resistance in lung cancer

Strategy to conquer cancer drug resistance uncovered

US scientists have identified a way in which cancer cells can become resistant to the cancer drug cetuximab (Erbitux), and suggest that treatments that are already...

Chromosomal instability may predict resistance to cancer drug

Chromosomal instability may be linked to the resistance that some cancers have to certain anticancer therapies, according to research published in Cancer Cell. Identifying...

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...