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News digest – lung cancer screening study, 100,000 genomes sequenced, NHS proton beam therapy and a ‘universal cancer blood test’

Category: Science blog December 8, 2018 0 comments

In this week’s news: why a ‘universal cancer test’ is not yet ready for patients and the UK’s largest ever lung cancer screening study will open next year.

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Lung cancer screening part 2: research into detection technology could lead to better tests

Category: Science blog December 6, 2018 0 comments

Blood tests, breath studies and better CT scans could all help detect lung cancers earlier. We investigate the latest research that could inform lung screening.

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

Category: Science blog December 5, 2018 4 comments

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.

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Lung cancer screening part 1: the benefits and harms according to clinical trials

Category: Science blog December 4, 2018 5 comments

Researchers are trying to diagnose lung cancer early through screening, and studying if the benefits of early detection outweigh the harms.

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News digest – cancer survival, cervical screening, immunotherapy on the NHS and US targeted drug approval

Category: Science blog December 1, 2018 0 comments

In the news this week: cancer survival in England is still lagging behind the best and a second immunotherapy drug is made available for advanced skin cancer on the NHS.

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Science Snaps: spotting lung cancers’ ‘crime hotspots’

Category: Science blog November 26, 2018 1 comment

This entry is part 24 of 24 in the series Science Snaps

Scientists are turning to crime-mapping tech as a new way to look at cancer.

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News digest – junk food ad ban, cancer-killing viruses, immunotherapy on the NHS and sugar supplements

Category: Science blog November 24, 2018 0 comments

In the news this week: more NHS patients will receive immunotherapy and we explain why a sugar supplement isn’t a proven cancer treatment just yet.

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Sugar supplement slows cancer growth in mice, but patients shouldn’t rush to health food shops

Category: Science blog November 21, 2018 2 comments

New research suggests giving a sugar supplement, called mannose, to mice with cancer slows tumour growth.

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News digest – NHS staff shortages, cervical screening error, HPV jab catch-up and ‘fat-clogged’ cells

Category: Science blog November 17, 2018 2 comments

In the news this week: NHS staff shortages could reach 350,000 by 2030 and an error meant almost 50,000 women weren’t sent cervical screening letters.

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Science Surgery: ‘Why do never-smokers get lung cancer?’

Category: Science blog November 16, 2018 8 comments

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Science Surgery

We don’t always know why never-smokers develop lung cancer, but the data suggests that genetics play a role, as well as environmental or occupational exposures.

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