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NHS diaries: ‘It’s like Groundhog Day, we just wait for the phone to ring’  

Waiting to hear if you have cancer, or if your cancer has come back, can be an extremely stressful time – especially if the results take weeks to come back.

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Prostate cancer MRI scans: is the NHS ready?

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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How new tests might help find treatments for cancers with no known origin

We’re looking into a certain type of cancer that is diagnosed once it has already spread, and doctors can’t find where the cancer first started growing.

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A breath test with the goal of detecting multiple cancers is ready to start trials

The first clinical trial testing Owlstone’s Breath Biopsy® technology on a range of cancer types is now open.

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Too soon to say cervical cancer DNA test will ‘revolutionise screening’

A new cervical cancer test is big news this week. The science behind the headlines is exciting, but it’s a long way from being used in cervical screening.

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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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‘Universal fingerprint’ in cancer DNA points to potential blood test. But it’s not ready for patients

A ’10 minute cancer test’ is big news today. But while science behind the headlines is exciting, but it’s a long way from being used to diagnose cancer.

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Lung cancer screening part 1: the benefits and harms according to clinical trials

Researchers are trying to diagnose lung cancer early through screening, and studying if the benefits of early detection outweigh the harms.

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Fishing for tumour DNA in the liquid bathing the brain

Our scientists have shown it’s possible to detect brain tumour DNA in the liquid surrounding the brain using a cheap technique.

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Prostate cancer diagnosis: how scientists are working to get it right

Questions are being asked of the tests used to diagnose prostate cancer, and how they can be improved. We cover the latest research, including specialist MRI.

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