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. 

Immune System

The trans-Atlantic quest to find a winning combination of cancer drugs

An exciting new partnership will see a combination of drugs tested in mesothelioma, lung and pancreatic cancers for the first time.

Why cancer is (still) more than just ‘bad luck’

New research has uncovered a possible explanation for why some cancers are more common than others, we explore the details.

Building tumours in the lab – a how to guide

Our scientists in London are taking apart tumours and rebuilding artificial versions in the lab to help test the latest treatments.

ASCO 2016: will fine-tuning treatments require redefined tumours?

From immunotherapy to targeted cancer treatment, here's our round up of the big news from the annual ASCO conference.

Science Snaps: switching T cells on – size matters

After 15 years of painstaking work, a team of scientists have revealed the detailed structure of one of the molecules controlling a T cell’s fate.

Tackling brain tumours, understanding immunotherapy and revealing cancer’s genetics at the end of life – accelerating progress at our Centres

We've announced four new awards to speed up research in our Centres, particularly for cancers where survival is still poor.

More pieces of the jigsaw fall into place at the 2016 AACR Conference

We look back on the key topics and trends discussed at the American Association of Cancer Research's recent Annual Meeting in New Orleans

Gene editing technology could help engineer better cancer targeting immune cells

We explore how the latest gene editing technology could help our scientists engineer immune cells to precisely target and kill cancer cells.

Virtual reality and precision diagnosis among shortlist for our Grand Challenge

Find out the details of the nine ideas that could answer one of our Grand Challenges in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Cancer ‘master control switch’ could help tumours hide from immune system

Scientists have found a crucial link between a gene often found to be overactive in cancer cells, and tumours’ ability to hide from the immune system.

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