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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. 

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Study shows that mutation can cause leukaemia

Scientists have found proof for the first time that a particular mutation found in some patients with acute myeloid leukaemia is linked to the disease.

One in five bowel cancer patients diagnosed in an emergency

Many bowel cancer patients are first diagnosed in an emergency setting, when they have severe and potentially life-threatening conditions, figures show.

Scientists discover how to beat resistance to standard leukaemia drug

Cancer Research UK-funded scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) have revealed a technique to kill chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) cells that have stopped...

Government launches Cancer Reform Strategy

The government has launched a new five-year plan to improve NHS cancer services, transforming all areas of care from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and aftercare....

Level of liver hormone could help diagnose bowel cancer

Scientists in Birmingham have found that the level of a certain hormone in the blood of patients with bowel cancer could be used to determine how far their disease has...

Specialist breast surgeons give patients better chance of survival

Breast cancer patients operated on 10 years ago by specialists have done better than those treated by surgeons with fewer breast cancer patients, a Yorkshire study reveals...

New drug trial to target hereditary cancers

Cancer Research UK scientists at Newcastle University are starting the first UK trial of a new drug which targets the 'Achilles' heel' in hereditary forms of both breast...

Cancer Research UK calls for urgent action over radiotherapy waits

Waiting lists for radiotherapy are stretching to over a month for more than of all patients, the Royal College of Radiologists has revealed.

Scientists uncover how cancer stem cells are regulated in common skin cancer

Belgian scientists have discovered that a molecule already targeted by several cancer therapies may play a crucial role in a common form of skin cancer.

Experimental drug could target melanoma that spreads to brain

A new drug could be effective for the treatment of melanoma that has spread to the brain, according to an early-stage clinical trial.