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Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, with around 47,200 people diagnosed each year. There are two main types of lung cancer – small-cell lung cancer and non-small-cell lung cancer – depending on how the cells look under the microscope.

The main symptoms are a cough, shortness of breath and weight loss.

US lung cancer data points to the power of cancer research

New data suggest that targeted therapy seems to be having an impact on the treatment of lung cancer.

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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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Evolution, sex and TRACERx: how cancer’s ‘spare tyre’ helps it survive  

New research reveals how some cancer cells double their genome to help them survive. Find out more about cancer’s ‘spare tyre’.

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Predicting lung cancer’s return at surgery

New lung cancer research shows that detecting potential tumour cells leaving the vein in the lung at surgery may predict the diseases return.

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Inflammation and cancer: unravelling a 150-year-old mystery

This entry is part 20 of 23 in the series Cancer Grand Challenges

Inflammation can prevent infections and helps repair injuries. But for people with long-term inflammatory conditions, it can sometimes lead to cancer.

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The immune system preys on growing lung cancers, forcing them to evolve to survive

Scientists are taking a leaf out of Darwin’s evolutionary handbook to understand how lung cancer evolves.

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

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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Lung cancer screening part 2: research into detection technology could lead to better tests

Blood tests, breath studies and better CT scans could all help detect lung cancers earlier. We investigate the latest research that could inform lung screening.

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