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. 

Tests

How new tests might help find treatments for cancers with no known origin

We’re looking into a certain type of cancer that is diagnosed once it has already spread, and doctors can’t find where the cancer first started growing.

A breath test with the goal of detecting multiple cancers is ready to start trials

The first clinical trial testing Owlstone’s Breath Biopsy® technology on a range of cancer types is now open.

Too soon to say cervical cancer DNA test will ‘revolutionise screening’

A new cervical cancer test is big news this week. The science behind the headlines is exciting, but the test is a long way from being used in cervical screening.

‘Universal fingerprint’ in cancer DNA points to potential blood test. But it’s not ready for patients

A '10 minute cancer test’ is big news today. The science behind the headlines is exciting, but the test is a long way from being used to diagnose cancer.

Fishing for tumour DNA in the liquid bathing the brain

Our scientists have shown it’s possible to detect brain tumour DNA in the liquid surrounding the brain using a cheap technique.

Prostate cancer diagnosis: how scientists are working to get it right

Questions are being asked of the tests used to diagnose prostate cancer, and how they can be improved. We cover the latest research, including specialist MRI.

Breast screening error: women need reassurance, not misleading statistics

In the immediate aftermath, estimating the numbers affected by a breast screening error might do more harm than good.

Overdiagnosis: when finding cancer can do more harm than good

With new cancer detection technology on the horizon, ranging from blood tests to wristbands, understanding overdiagnosis is a huge challenge.

Why a one-off PSA test for prostate cancer is doing men more harm than good

Our new research shows that a one-off PSA test doesn't save lives from prostate cancer.

NHS cancer plan marks first step towards fixing chronic staff shortages

The NHS Cancer Workforce Plan lays out new promises to boost staff numbers in diagnosis and treatment.

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