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Science Surgery: ‘Are benign tumours different from cancerous tumours?’

This entry is part 21 of 21 in the series Science Surgery

We chat to neurosurgeon Dr Stuart Smith about the differences between benign and cancerous tumours, and how the word ‘benign’ can often be misleading.

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Science Surgery: ‘Why do some cancers metastasise, but others don’t?’

This entry is part 20 of 21 in the series Science Surgery

There are many unanswered questions about how and why cancer spreads around the body. But one thing we do know is that only some cancers metastasise.

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Science Surgery: ‘How do cancer cells remain dormant for many years?’

This entry is part 19 of 21 in the series Science Surgery

It can be strange to think of cancer cells not dividing, but sleeping cancer cells could help to explain why some cancers come back after treatment.

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Science Surgery: ‘Does cancer affect the future development of children?’

This entry is part 18 of 21 in the series Science Surgery

Our latest Science Surgery instalment answers the question, ‘Does cancer affect the future development of children?’

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Science Surgery: ‘Why do some cancer treatments stop working after so long?’

This entry is part 17 of 21 in the series Science Surgery

Cancer treatments can work in lots of different ways, aiming to kill tumour cells or keep them under control. Ideally they cause tumours to shrink, but they can also be considered successful if they stop tumours growing. But unfortunately, the effects don’t always last forever.

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Science Surgery: ‘Does cancer attack every age group?’

This entry is part 16 of 21 in the series Science Surgery

Cancer can affect any age group but we see many more cases in older people.

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

This entry is part 15 of 21 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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Science Surgery: ‘How do tumours ‘know’ where to spread?’

This entry is part 14 of 21 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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Science Surgery: ‘Why doesn’t the immune system attack cancer cells?’

This entry is part 13 of 21 in the series Science Surgery

In this Science Surgery post Millie asks: ‘Why doesn’t the immune system attack cancer cells?’ The short answer is it does! But sometimes it needs a helping hand from exciting new treatments.

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

This entry is part 12 of 21 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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