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. 

Health Service Policy

The ten defining moments in health and cancer policy from 2015

We look back on a busy year for health and cancer policy.

Spending Review 2015: will it affect research and cancer?

We respond to today's Spending Review and outline what the announcement means for cancer services in the NHS and for science.

Reforming NICE and the Cancer Drugs Fund – four key changes we want to see

Today, the NHS England and NICE have set out their plans to reform the way they pay for and approve new cancer drugs. While we digest the new proposals, and before we...

Unacceptable cancer waiting times are testing patients’ patience

How do you feel when you have to wait longer than you expect to? Even when it’s something trivial, like when the plumber promises to fix your boiler...

NCRI cancer conference day 1: prostate cancer drugs and early diagnosis

For the next three days Liverpool will be home to some of the world’s top cancer experts for the annual National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) conference.


Harriet Watson: “Why should patients have to wait so long for a colonoscopy?”

Harriet Watson is a consultant colorectal nurse at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. This is her reaction to our new report on NHS endoscopy services, ‘Scoping...

Doctors ‘need help’ with increasing number of cancer patients

GPs are ill-prepared to cope with the growing demand for cancer care, a new report warns.

New data on how patients are diagnosed – what does it tell us?

New stats published today show that the number of cancer patients diagnosed in an emergency is falling.

This is good news: these patients tend to do worse, so a...

Great news as Government signals backing for cancer plan

When it comes to cancer care, England isn’t quite in tiptop fighting form; it’s more like fictional boxer Rocky Balboa before his training montage.

Our waiting...

NICE approves new immunotherapy drug for advanced melanoma

A new immunotherapy drug has been approved for NHS patients in England whose melanoma has stopped responding to previous treatments.