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Alex completed a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Bath where he developed prediction algorithms to target cancer pathways in cells. He joined Cancer Research UK’s News and Content team in 2020, where he writes for the science blog.

Science Surgery: ‘Can cancers develop in the heart?’

This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series Science Surgery

Cancers can start in many different organs but we rarely hear about cancers starting in the heart. We sat down with cardiologist Dr Rohin Francis to find an answer for the question: what makes the heart so special?

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Predicting future breast cancer with precision

This entry is part 26 of 26 in the series Cancer Grand Challenges

An international team of Cancer Grand Challenges scientists are conducting one biggest studies of its kind to try to predict who will develop invasive breast cancer.

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Could proton beam therapy improve throat cancer treatment?

The first proton beam therapy clinical trial in the UK is finding out if this innovative new form of radiotherapy can improve throat cancer treatment.

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Coronavirus reports – Part 9: “I am very relieved but I am not naïve”

We caught up with people living with cancer across the country, to find out how the coronavirus pandemic has been affecting them and their families.

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Gentle regular exercise could reduce the risk of liver cancer in mice

A team of Cancer Research UK-funded scientists have been investigating the role of exercise in reducing the risk of liver cancer in mice

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2020 round-up: Our biggest cancer stories of the year

2020 has seen people across the globe impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Science is no exception – with many…

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Pursuing precision medicine in a flagship lung cancer trial

The National Lung Matrix Trial – a £25 million collaboration with pharmaceutical companies and the NHS – has been exploring how patients with non small cell lung cancer respond to more tailored, targeted treatments.

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Cancer blood test uses ‘noise cancellation’ to improve sensitivity

Cancer Research UK scientists have developed a new way to analyse blood for evidence of cancer that could be up to ten times more sensitive than previous methods.

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Moves and countermoves: How the immune system responds to lung cancer’s ‘tactics’

Scientists working on the TRACERx project have mapped how the immune systems responds to lung tumours over time

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Coronavirus reports – Part 2: “We’re ahead when it comes to isolation”

We caught up with people living with cancer across the country, to find out how isolation due to the pandemic has been affecting them and their families.

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