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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. 


Scientists identify brain cancer 'switch'

Researchers at The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the US have found that a gene involved in brain development may also play a role in the growth of types of brain tumours...

Study finds 'wandering' cells in early-stage breast cancer

Researchers have found that some early-stage breast tumours may already contain cells that are able to move around, even though the tumours have not yet spread to the...

Modified cold virus kills cancer cells

The cold virus could be exploited to treat cancer, researchers from Birmingham University have said.

Screening diabetics could spot pancreatic cancer early, say US researchers

A new US study of people with pancreatic cancer has found that 40 per cent of those taking part had been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes prior to being diagnosed with...

Experimental drug causes cell death in prostate cancer

An experimental drug that blocks the breakdown of a compound derived from vitamin A could one day provide a new treatment for prostate cancer, researchers have said.

Researchers put cancer into deep freeze

Researchers have developed a new - and icily effective - technique for attacking cancer cells, the British Journal of Cancer reports today1.

Three new lung cancer-causing genes discovered

Three new genes which cause lung cancer have been discovered by researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL).

Call for new trials as cancer genomics comes of age

It is time to bring cancer genomics from the lab bench into large-scale clinical trials, a leading Cancer Research UK scientist will tell delegates at the charity's Senior...

Obesity reduces ovarian cancer survival say researchers

Obese women are less likely to survive ovarian cancer, new research has suggested The risks of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer have been previously linked to body mass...

Omega-6 fatty acids may boost tumour growth, say researchers

Omega-6 fatty acids, a common type of fat found in corn oil, may be linked to prostate cancer growth, claims a new report.