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

Category: Science blog December 6, 2018 0 comments

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

Category: Science blog December 5, 2018 4 comments

A ’10 minute cancer test’ is big news today. The science behind the headlines is exciting, but the test is 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

Category: Science blog December 4, 2018 5 comments

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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Science Snaps: spotting lung cancers’ ‘crime hotspots’

Category: Science blog November 26, 2018 1 comment

This entry is part 24 of 24 in the series Science Snaps

Scientists are turning to crime-mapping tech as a new way to look at cancer.

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Sugar supplement slows cancer growth in mice, but patients shouldn’t rush to health food shops

Category: Science blog November 21, 2018 2 comments

New research suggests giving a sugar supplement, called mannose, to mice with cancer slows tumour growth.

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Fishing for tumour DNA in the liquid bathing the brain

Category: Science blog November 6, 2018 2 comments

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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Science Snaps: digging for clues on how bowel cancer starts

Category: Science blog November 1, 2018 1 comment

This entry is part 23 of 24 in the series Science Snaps

We find out how stem cells could provide clues to how bowel cancer develops.

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Prostate cancer radiotherapy could have benefits even after the disease has spread

Category: Science blog October 21, 2018 3 comments

Trial finds prostate radiotherapy plus standard treatment improves survival for some men whose prostate cancer has spread, which could help thousands in the UK.

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Science Surgery: ‘How quickly do tumours develop?’

Category: Science blog October 18, 2018 0 comments

This entry is part 11 of 12 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, as this science surgery post explains.

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Nobel Prize 2018: how the winning chemistry technique helped generate new cancer treatments

Category: Science blog October 17, 2018 1 comment

Professor George Smith and Professor Sir Gregory Winter won a Nobel Prize for a developing a technique that can help scientists discover new cancer drugs.

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