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. 

Research And Trials

Glioblastoma and children’s brain tumours: teams awarded £18 million Cancer Research UK Brain Tumour Awards

Three research teams have been awarded a combined total of £18 million to break new ground in the way we understand brain tumours and how they develop.

The scientists on a mission to revolutionise brain tumour research

Meet our three new international teams of scientists that have been awarded £18 million to revolutionise brain tumour research.

Clearing up chemo options for frail and elderly patients with advanced oesophageal and stomach cancers

Older patients with advanced oesophageal and stomach cancers might benefit from low dose treatment, according to our unpublished clinical trial results.

Postmenopausal women who used to smoke 'at lower risk of bladder cancer' than smokers, says study

Stopping smoking leaves postmenopausal women at a lower risk of bladder cancer than those who continue to smoke, new research confirms.

Tackling side effects in head and neck cancer treatment – the end of the road for hyperbaric oxygen?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used for years to prevent a side effect of head and neck cancer treatment called osteoradionecrosis. But does it work?

Pancreatic cancers ‘talk’ to neighbouring cells in mice, pointing to potential new drug targets

Scientists have found a new way in which cells that surround pancreatic cancers in mice can help the tumours grow.

Could the bacteria in our gut help treat cancer?

Gut bacteria may help some bowel cancers grow. Our Grand Challenge scientists want to see if tinkering with these tiny communities could be a new way to treat cancer.

Cell culture shock – a scientist’s hunt for the perfect cocktail

Lab-grown cells live on liquid food called cell culture media. But off-the-shelf recipes could be skewing experiments, posing a challenge for cancer research.

Study in mice suggests why cancer commonly spreads to the liver

Researchers have pinpointed cells in the livers of mice that create an environment cancer cells might need to settle and grow there.

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...

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