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Linking cancer drug prices to treatment success could speed up approvals. But what do patients consider success?

Category: Science blog February 21, 2019 0 comments

With NHS budgets stretched, it’s critical that cancer drugs offer value for money. We’ve teamed up with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to investigate a different approach to drug pricing.

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A tribute to Peter Rainey 

Category: Science blog February 19, 2019 1 comment

We pay tribute to Peter Rainey – a passionate and dedicated patient advocate who helped put people affected by cancer at the heart of our research programme.

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News digest – HPV stigma, ultra-processed foods, ‘simple’ cancer blood test and why measles isn’t a cancer cure

Category: Science blog February 16, 2019 2 comments

In this week’s news: survey reveals misconceptions around HPV and a prominent American figure wrongly suggests measles cures cancer.

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Stitching together a ‘Google Earth’ for cancer

Category: Science blog February 14, 2019 0 comments

Our Grand Challenge scientists at the National Physical Laboratory are using their expertise in measurement to draw a new map of cancer. The team hopes it will point to ways to diagnose and treat the disease.

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Aspartame and artificial sweeteners – helping or hindering weight loss?

Category: Science blog February 13, 2019 46 comments

There’s no convincing evidence that artificial sweeteners increase cancer risk. But can they help weight loss? We take a look at the latest research.

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News digest – lung cancer scanning, cervical screening test switch, ‘Trojan horse’ cancer drug and fossilised tumour discovery

Category: Science blog February 9, 2019 0 comments

In this week’s news: NHS England roll out lung cancer scanning, and a planned cervical screening test switch could see the time between screenings extended to 5 years.

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Opinion: ‘NHS targeted lung health checks are another reason to be positive about lung cancer’

Category: Science blog February 8, 2019 1 comment

The roll-out of mobile NHS scanners will save lives from lung cancer. But staff shortages, stop smoking services and treatment inequalities can’t be ignored.

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Downloading the genetic rules of cancer 

Category: Science blog February 4, 2019 0 comments

Scientists are working to document all the faults in the DNA of cancer cells to help them understand how cancer works.

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News digest – vaping as a stop-smoking aid, an NHS first, cervical screening samples and why cancer won’t be ‘cured in a year’

Category: Science blog February 2, 2019 2 comments

In this week’s news: vaping as a stop smoking tool and why a ‘cancer cure in a year’ is unlikely.

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Smokeless tobacco: 5 common questions about ‘heat not burn’ products answered 

Category: Science blog February 1, 2019 3 comments

We answer 5 common questions about heated tobacco products, from what’s in them and if they’re safe to whether they can help someone quit smoking.

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