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Research And Trials

Breast cancer survival not affected by faulty BRCA genes

Our scientists have found that faults in BRCA genes don’t affect survival in young women with breast cancer, which could help inform treatment decisions.

Scientists are combining drugs and radiotherapy, hunting for better results

By combining radiotherapy with different kinds of drugs, scientists hope that both can be made more effective.

Alcohol and cancer: This is how booze damages DNA inside cells

The damage caused to specialised stem cells' DNA could help explain why drinking increases the risk of cancer.

2017 cancer research highlights: a patient’s pick

Patients are at the heart of what we do, so we asked a pancreatic cancer survivor to pick the 2017 cancer research highlights that matter to him.

Tackling ‘undruggable’ genes in lung and pancreatic cancers is this researcher’s life

Two important cancer genes cooperate to make lung cancers more aggressive in mice, according to new research.

Our milestones: Nudging breast cancer radiotherapy in the right direction

The START trials provided the evidence needed to change practice for women having radiotherapy to treat breast cancer.

Gut bacteria might hitch a ride with spreading bowel cancer cells

Bacteria found in certain bowel cancers can also be found inside a small number of tumours that have spread to another part of the body, says new research.

Risk of certain breast cancers coming back remains for at least 20 years after treatment

New research says the risk of a certain type of breast cancer coming back in other parts of the body stays constant for at least 20 years after treatment.

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.

From cancer evolution to targeting faulty genetics – our new fellows

Find out the burning questions some of our researchers want to answer as they set up their own research teams for the first time.

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