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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. 

Immune System

Makeup of bacteria in pancreatic tumours linked to survival

US researchers have found a link between the makeup of bacteria in the tumours of people with pancreatic cancer and how long they live.

Immune-stimulating injection turns tumours into ‘cancer vaccine factories’ in mice

Injecting immune cell stimulants directly into a tumour could help the immune system spot and attack cancer cells, according to new research in mice.

Science Surgery: ‘Why doesn’t the immune system attack cancer cells?’

In this Science Surgery post Millie asks: ‘Why doesn’t the immune system attack cancer cells?’ The short answer is it does! But sometimes it needs a helping hand from...

Science Snaps: spotting lung cancers’ ‘crime hotspots’

Scientists are turning to crime-mapping tech as a new way to look at cancer.

‘Cutting edge’ CAR T cell immunotherapy approved in England. But is the NHS ready?

With two complex CAR T immunotherapies now approved on the NHS in England, we look at how the health service has had to react to these exciting new treatments.

Nobel Prize 2018: How Allison and Honjo turned immune cells against cancer

Dr James Allison and Professor Tasuku Honjo have been given a Nobel Prize for revolutionising our understanding of how the immune system sees cancer.

Urine liquid biopsies could help monitor bladder cancer treatment

Scientists have shown for the first time that immune cells in the urine of bladder cancer patients accurately reflect those in the tumour environment.

Exploiting the brain tumour environment to make better treatments

Brain tumours are heavily influenced by their surroundings so understanding the environment they’re in could reveal ways to destroy them.

Finding common ground with arthritis could help cancer patients

Our new research partnership is exploring common ground between arthritis and cancer, which could bring benefits to patients on both sides.

From cancer evolution to targeting faulty genetics – our new fellows

Find out the burning questions some of our researchers want to answer as they set up their own research teams for the first time.

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