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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. 

Research And Trials

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...

Stitching together a ‘Google Earth’ for cancer

Our Grand Challenge scientists at the National Physical Laboratory are using their expertise in measurement to draw a new map of cancer. The team hopes it will point to...

Downloading the genetic rules of cancer 

Scientists are working to document all the faults in the DNA of cancer cells to help them understand how cancer works.

E-cigarettes almost twice as effective as nicotine replacement therapies for quitting smoking, says trial

A UK trial found that e-cigarettes were almost twice as effective for quitting smoking as other nicotine replacement treatments.

Meet the scientists taking on 3 of the biggest challenges in cancer research

Three new teams funded through our Grand Challenge are about to embark on research projects focusing on the microbiome, faulty genes and chronic inflammation.

Our top researchers share their ambitions for 2019

We asked some of our top researchers to share their personal ambitions for 2019 and the key trends that they hope to see emerge in their field.

Immune cells cast DNA ‘webs’ that may help ovarian cancer spread

Scientists have discovered that immune cells play a role in helping ovarian cancer cells to spread in mice.

Cancer Research UK, the Francis Crick Institute and Bristol-Myers Squibb join forces to map out lung cancer immunology

This collaboration will help develop a ‘rule book’ to guide precision combination immunotherapies and to speed up the development of new lung cancer treatments.

Altering cancer metabolism helps treatments attack tumours

Restricting the ability of cancer cells to metabolise sugar could make oncolytic viruses more effective at attacking them.

Nanoscale blood test technique set to springboard cancer discoveries

A technique to get more information from the blood of cancer patients than previously possible has been developed.

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