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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. 

Health Service Policy

A new vision for the NHS: what does it mean for cancer?

Last week NHS England, along with a range of other organisations involved in the NHS, published its future plans for the NHS – called the Five Year Forward View. In doing...

Almost 2,000 lung cancer patients missing out on surgery every year

Around 1,800 lung cancer patients may be missing out on life-saving surgery each year, according to new statistics from Cancer Research UK.

Keeping cancer on the political agenda – this year’s Party Conferences

With the General Election less than a year away we’ve been travelling the length and breadth of the country attending Party Conferences.

Keeping cancer on the...

The Cancer Patient Experience Survey – questions have been asked…now what?

It may seem as though we’re constantly asked to give feedback – but what’s more important is knowing what’s happened as a result of our comments – have we learnt anything...

Saving lives and averting costs? The case for earlier diagnosis just got stronger

This is a guest post from Mike Birtwistle, Founding Partner at Incisive Health, who have just produced a new report for Cancer Research UK on the economic impact of early...

NHS cancer services need increased investment or ‘cracks will begin to show’

NHS cancer services in England are at tipping point as staff fight a brave ‘rear-guard action’ to keep the services viable for cancer patients.

Building the evidence for innovative radiotherapy

We recently funded some exciting clinical trials using an advanced type of radiotherapy called Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (or SABR for short).  This is pioneering...

Prostate drug decision highlights urgent need for reform

Just a week after the controversy over breast cancer drug Kadcyla, the inflexibilities within the UK’s disparate drug approval systems have been pulled into sh

Will NICE’s proposed reforms actually work?

The way the NHS pays for new cancer drugs (not to mention radiotherapy and other treatments) is a complex and emotive issue, never far from the headlines. This is...

NICE to recommend 'single dose' radiotherapy during breast surgery

The National Institute for Health and Care excellence (NICE) is set to recommend a new form of radiotherapy for people with early stage breast cancer.​