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Katie studied biochemistry at the University of Oxford, before joining a lab to investigate why the immune system can’t control HIV. She then worked in science communication for the MS Society and joined Cancer Research UK’s News and Content team in 2017, where she writes for the blog and news feed.

News digest – aspirin, breast cancer blood test, Boris Johnson’s NHS plans and bowel cancer rates in young people 

Category: Science blog August 3, 2019 2 comments

NICE makes draft recommendation on daily aspirin for people with Lynch syndrome to reduce bowel cancer risk and blood test could detect breast cancer relapse.

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News digest – obesity, drug decisions, NHS waiting times and a cancer killing virus

Category: Science blog July 6, 2019 2 comments

In the news this week: obesity responsible for more cases of some cancers than smoking and a trio of NHS drug decisions.

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Science Surgery: ‘How is skin cancer related to sun exposure?’

Category: Science blog June 18, 2019 6 comments

This entry is part 15 of 16 in the series Science Surgery

For almost all skin cancers, the environmental carcinogen is sunlight, according to Professor Richard Marais. Here’s how scientists uncovered the link.

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News digest – NHS waiting times, prostate cancer scans, drug decisions and gut bacteria

Category: Science blog June 15, 2019 1 comment

In the news this week: NHS waiting times for cancer treatment ‘continue to spiral downwards’.

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News digest – artificial intelligence, e-cigarettes, cancer screening and animal ‘avatars’

Category: Science blog May 25, 2019 4 comments

In the news this week: a review into UK cancer screening highlights outdated NHS IT systems and scientists develop AI to detect early stage lung cancer.

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Clinician scientist training: ‘You’re trying to carve out your own path with few examples to follow’

Category: Science blog May 13, 2019 1 comment

Changing clinical research training could make this career path more flexible, and help retain female scientists. We speak to a researcher for their take.

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Prostate cancer MRI scans: is the NHS ready?

Category: Science blog May 9, 2019 12 comments

All men with suspected prostate cancer should be offered a specialist MRI scan, before a biopsy. That’s the new recommendation, but is the NHS ready?

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Tackling side effects in head and neck cancer treatment – the end of the road for hyperbaric oxygen?

Category: Science blog May 2, 2019 0 comments

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used for years to prevent a side effect of head and neck cancer treatment called osteoradionecrosis. But does it work?

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News digest – lung cancer in non-smokers, targeted clinical trials, pancreatic cancer ‘chatter’ and immigration

Category: Science blog April 27, 2019 17 comments

In the news this week: Lung cancer in never-smokers is on the rise and reading tumour DNA could match patients to early stage clinical trials.

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Science Surgery: ‘How do tumours ‘know’ where to spread?’

Category: Science blog April 18, 2019 16 comments

This entry is part 14 of 16 in the series Science Surgery

It’s hard to talking about cancers ‘knowing’ something, but they can have predictable patterns of spread. And scientists are beginning to understand why.

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