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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. 

Melanoma

Smoking may limit body’s ability to fight dangerous form of skin cancer

Melanoma patients with a history of smoking cigarettes are 40 per cent less likely to survive their skin cancer than people who have never smoked

Skin cancer can spread in mice by hijacking the immune system

Scientists have uncovered molecules released by invasive skin cancer that reprogram healthy immune cells to help the cancer to spread.

Immunotherapy drug made available for some NHS patients with advanced skin cancer after surgery

An immunotherapy drug will be made available to some patients with advanced melanoma skin cancer on the NHS in England.

Immunotherapy drug to be made available for some NHS patients with advanced skin cancer

Some patients with advanced skin cancer will now have access to immunotherapy after surgery on the NHS in England.

Drug combo for advanced skin cancer approved on NHS in England

Patients with a certain type of aggressive skin cancer will now have access to a combination of targeted drugs on the NHS in England.

Blood test could predict skin cancer's return

Scientists have discovered that testing skin cancer patients’ blood for tumour DNA could help predict the chances of an aggressive cancer returning.

Gut bacteria may influence response to cancer immunotherapy

The type of bacteria in the gut of patients with advanced melanoma may influence their response to a certain type immunotherapy, according to new research.

Meet our scientists investigating cancers’ weak spots, showing research ROCKs, and much more

We’d like to introduce the latest bunch of scientists that we’ve given funding to head up their own research teams for the first time.

Immunotherapy and targeted drugs could stop some melanomas from returning

Two clinical trials have found that existing treatments for advanced melanoma could stop the cancer returning in some people with earlier stage disease.

Viruses may boost immunotherapy success

Viruses may improve the success rate of immunotherapy treatments, according to two new studies.

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