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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. 

Immunotherapy

Removing cancer's protective barrier could boost immunotherapy treatments

Scientists may have found a way to pull down the protective wall that surrounds tumours, potentially re-exposing them to the killing power of the immune system.

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...

Immunotherapy trial shows promise for some women with an aggressive breast cancer

An immunotherapy drug has shown promise for the first time in a form of aggressive breast 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.

Liver cancer: UK’s fastest rising cause of cancer death to be tackled

A joint UK and European research project launches today to combat liver cancer, which is the fastest rising cause of cancer death in the UK.

Cancer Research UK tests first of its kind vaccine to treat lung cancer

A first of its kind treatment vaccine has moved into a phase I clinical trial for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

Science Surgery: ‘What’s being done to use treatments in different types of cancer?’

In this Science Surgery post we explore the work being done to use existing treatments in other types of cancer.

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