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We are are helping to end death and disease caused by cancer, saving more lives by detecting early and personalising treatments. The experiences of patients and their families shape every stage of research and of plans for the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital, as we work together to change the story of cancer.

Cancer isn’t fair – but care should be

04 February 2024

Listening to people's lived experiences is helping to improve the awareness and uptake of cancer care. On World Cancer Day, we take a look at some of the ways researchers are working with communities to ‘close the cancer care gap’.

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Changemakers in cancer: Swetha Kannan

05 Jun 2024

Swetha was 12 years old when she decided she would help to unravel the mysteries of cancer. Twelve years later, she's studying for a PhD on cancer...

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Female doctor standing near woman patient doing breast cancer scan

Study highlights increased risk of second cancers among breast cancer survivors

25 Apr 2024

Survivors of breast cancer are at significantly higher risk of developing second cancers, including endometrial and ovarian cancer for women and...

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Woman wrapped in white towel checking her breast for signs of cancer

Report highlights inequalities and hidden suffering among people living with breast cancer

15 Apr 2024

Many people with breast cancer ‘systematically left behind’, say researchers in Lancet Commission led by Professor Charlotte Coles.

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Cancer researchers in the laboratory

£9.2m boost for next generation of Cambridge cancer experts

09 Apr 2024

Cancer Research UK has announced £9.2m for Cambridge to train the next generation of doctors and scientists to bring new and better cancer treatments...

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Cancer's climate innovation

04 Apr 2024

An enzyme inspired by brain cancer DNA that has the potential to slash greenhouse gas emissions from the production of nylon won the 2024 Cambridge...

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Sir Ka-shing Li at the opening of the MRC Cancer Centre in the Hutchinson Building

UK's only research institute dedicated to understanding early cancer receives £11 million donation

02 Apr 2024

The University of Cambridge’s Early Cancer Institute – the UK's only research facility dedicated to understanding early cancer – has received a...

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Woman holds pink breast cancer awareness ribbon.

‘Exhausted’ immune cells in healthy women could be target for breast cancer prevention

28 Mar 2024

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have created the world’s largest catalogue of human breast cells, which has revealed early cell changes in...

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Capsule and sponge

NHS trial of sponge-on-a-string test replaces need for endoscopy for thousands of patients

26 Feb 2024

A new test to help diagnose a condition that can lead to oesophageal cancer – developed by Cambridge researchers and trialled by the NHS – has...

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Groundbreaking work to beat cancer in spotlight at Cambridge Festival 2024

15 Feb 2024

Cambridge researchers will discuss their pioneering work as part of events focusing on cancer and the University’s work to help end the death and...

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Umaima Ahmad, CEO of 52North

Caring for cancer patients

31 Jan 2024

Meet Umaima Ahmad, co-founder and CEO of a Cambridge spinout that aims to keep chemotherapy patients safe from infection while sparing them...

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Role of inherited genetic variants in rare blood cancer uncovered

17 Jan 2024

Combining three different sources of genetic information has allowed researchers to further understand why only some people with a common mutation go...

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Pill-on-a-thread and capsule sponge

New trial of 'pill-on-a-thread' brings screening for oesophageal cancer closer

09 Jan 2024

A man from Cambridge is the first to join the surveillance part of a clinical trial that could see routine screening for oesophageal cancer...

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