Cancer

A diverse research community which represents the breadth of our population is vital if we want to be confident we have the best talent addressing the full range of questions in cancer research, the answers to which will lead to the best outcomes for everyone. But right now, the cancer research sector doesn’t represent the
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Tackling inequalities in healthcare is something that I’ve always been passionate about.   I am, and always have been a proud Yorkshireman – I grew up in Barnsley and most of my family still live there. But my upbringing there made me very much aware of the impact that socioeconomic deprivation can have on the health
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The fact a species’ cancer risk doesn’t increase with its size is called Peto’s paradox, after Professor Sir Richard Peto, one of our researchers, who first laid it out in the 1970s.  If we can solve the paradox – and learn how the world’s biggest animals avoid cancer – we‘ll have a much better idea
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In August 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. This law enacted changes to Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. One part of this was the ability of Medicare to negotiate the prices of some medications. It is estimated that drug negotiation will save Medicare over 98 billion dollars in its
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The role of the caregiver is multi-faceted as they provide family members, friends and partners with the physical care and emotional support needed during treatments and beyond. This role is critical as they are often the patient’s lifeline, and they act as an advocate for the patient with the medical staff providing the treatments. Yet,
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On 26 June, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay, announced the rollout of a new targeted lung cancer screening programme in England.   The announcement follows the UK National Screening Committee’s (UK NSC) September 2022 recommendation that all UK nations move towards implementing lung cancer screening with an integrated smoking cessation
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There’s an online version of a document written in 1989 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee when he was trying to help researchers at the physics institute CERN keep track of their data while dealing with high researcher turnover. In it, the authors state: “When two years is a typical length of stay, information is constantly being
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Myth #9: Sunscreen lasts forever Many of us will find an old bottle of sunscreen at the back of the cupboard and think “I have no idea when I opened that”. But most sunscreens expire. Look out for a small open jar icon on the bottle with the number of months the product can be
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This post was first published in 2017 and was most recently reviewed and updated in August 2023. There’s a lot of information online about sugar and cancer, but not much of it is based on scientific evidence. In this article we’re going to take a long hard look at sugar and bust some myths around
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NHS England are also combining some other targets together to reduce the overall number of standards, including making more patients eligible for the headline 62-day standard by combining three previously separate targets.  The data and the detail  While we support the streamlining of cancer waiting times targets, we also want to ensure that this translates
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In my own family, whenever someone is asked, “How are you doing?”, the conversation ends up about our health. And with health, the first questions brought up are about any stomach pains or bloating or even how frequently they use the bathroom. It seems silly, but when I started thinking more about why, I came
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Weight loss is one of the most common symptoms of cancer. It often happens because cancer treatment can lower people’s appetites. Sometimes, though, people can lose weight even when their diet doesn’t change. This could be cachexia. Cachexia is a condition that involves extreme loss of muscle and fat. It can look like a person
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Lung cancer cells seen through a microscope. Anne Weston, Francis Crick Institute (CC BY-NC 4.0)     For cancer researchers with news to share, there’s no place like ASCO. The American Society for Clinical Oncology’s Annual Meeting, to give it its full name, is the world’s largest cancer conference. This year, it brought more than
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Today, more than 90% of women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer will survive the disease for 5 years or more. That’s thanks to research. And to the people who take part. Between 1993 and 2015, more than half a million women in England were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. Every single one of them faced
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