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Our biggest cancer news stories of 2019

We look back at the top cancer news stories of 2019, including the first trial of a cancer breath test and a new international collaboration to understand how the bacteria in our gut help cancer grow.

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Blood tests: using blood to detect cancer early

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Detecting cancer early

The idea of taking a small vial of blood and being able to detect cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages is an attractive one.

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

This entry is part 20 of 20 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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Urine tests: detecting cancer in pee

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Detecting cancer early

A number of cancer types can be detected in pee. We speak to our scientists who are developing urine tests that aim to detect bladder and pancreatic cancer earlier.

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Revolutionising radiotherapy: making a cornerstone cancer treatment more personal and powerful

We’re investing £56 million into radiotherapy research that will be carried out by a network of specialist institutes across the UK.

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

This entry is part 19 of 20 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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The breast cancer ‘avatar’ mice that could help personalise treatment 

The Personalised Breast Cancer Programme in Cambridge is pioneering ways to tackle hard-to-treat breast cancer.

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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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The key is collaboration: ‘You need to work across borders, and that’s what I do on a daily basis’  

With the Government redesigning the immigration system, we spoke to Dr Susanne Gatz about the importance of travelling across Europe for her work.

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What can tumours in Tasmanian devils teach us about immunotherapy resistance?

A peculiar type of tumour, in an even more peculiar type of animal, could hold some clues to help scientists overcome immunotherapy resistance in humans.

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