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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. 

Personalised Medicine

Highly sensitive blood test could improve breast cancer treatment

A new blood test is one of the first to successfully monitor early-stage breast cancer, and could be up to 100 times more sensitive than existing tests.

NHS to ‘fast track’ new personalised cancer medicines – but it’s not ready quite yet

NHS England announced plans to fast track “revolutionary” new cancer drugs. But there’s still some way to go before these drugs might reach patients.

Rewriting the breast cancer rulebook 

Our scientists are rewriting the breast cancer rulebook. By looking at faults in tumour DNA, they've found that breast cancer is not 1 but 10 different diseases each with...

Molecular patterns could better predict breast cancer recurrence

New research suggests the genetic and molecular make-up of individual breast tumours holds clues to how a woman’s disease could progress.

‘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.

Making chemotherapy kinder for childhood leukaemia

Guest author, Dr Rosanna Jackson, outlines what scientists are doing to make treatment for one type of childhood leukaemia kinder.

Improving brain tumour diagnosis to make treatment personal

Our scientists are working to improve brain tumour diagnosis. Find out how this could make treatment more personal, and guide people onto clinical trials.

An intelligent knife can tell ovarian cancer and healthy tissue apart. Could it make surgery smarter?

New research has shown that an intelligent knife can distinguish between ovarian cancer and normal tissue. Could it help make ovarian cancer surgery smarter?

Learning from a cancer’s past could predict its future

By revealing a tumour’s past, our scientists are opening the possibility of predicting its future. This could help make cancer treatment more personal.

Science Surgery: ‘Is the one-size-fits-all treatment approach obsolete?’

Will personalised medicine become the norm of cancer treatment? In this Science Surgery instalment, we asked experts for their thoughts on this question.

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