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

This entry is part 17 of 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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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Science Surgery: ‘How quickly do tumours develop?’

This entry is part 11 of 17 in the series Science Surgery

The time it takes for cancer to develop will vary from tumour to tumour. But on the whole, it’s slower than you might expect.

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Science Surgery: ‘Will cancer ever be eradicated completely?’

This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Science Surgery

Eradicating diseases isn’t easy. Here we look at which cancers are preventable, and how detecting cancers earlier could make a difference.

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Science surgery: “What’s the difference between the words genome, gene and chromosome?”

This entry is part 9 of 17 in the series Science Surgery

A genome, a gene and a chromosome are all structures of DNA. The difference between them is the amount of DNA they contain.

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Science Surgery: ‘Do we all have potentially cancerous cells in our bodies?’

This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Science Surgery

In this instalment of our Science Surgery series, we explore what gives a cell the potential to become cancerous, and how the body stops this from happening.

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