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Imaging technique could replace tissue biopsies in assessing drug resistance in breast cancer patients

06 Oct 2020

Imaging techniques could replace the need for invasive tissue biopsies in helping rapidly determine whether cancer treatments are working effectively...

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New model predicts oesophageal cancer eight years early for half of all patients

07 Sep 2020

DNA from tissue biopsies taken from patients with Barrett’s oesophagus – a risk factor for oesophageal cancer – could show which patients are most...

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Four-stranded DNA structures found to play role in breast cancer

03 Aug 2020

Four-stranded DNA structures – known as G-quadruplexes – have been shown to play a role in certain types of breast cancer for the first time...

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Genetic tool can identify Asian women at higher risk of breast cancer

31 Jul 2020

A genetic study in Asian women, led by Malaysian scientists in collaboration with Singapore and the University of Cambridge, has revealed that a...

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‘Pill on a string’ test to transform oesophageal cancer diagnosis

30 Jul 2020

A ‘pill on a string’ test can identify ten times more people with Barrett’s oesophagus than the usual GP route, after results from a 3-year trial...

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Unexpected experiences: Richard Gilbertson discusses how lockdown has enabled him to kick-start a new initiative

21 Jul 2020

Faced with closed laboratories and cancelled conferences, paediatric oncologist Richard Gilbertson kick-started a “21st-century method” for meeting...

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Secrets of naked mole-rat cancer resistance unearthed

01 Jul 2020

Naked mole-rats can live for an incredibly long time and have an exceptional resistance to cancer thanks to unique conditions in their bodies that...

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Blood test to monitor cancer up to ten times more sensitive than current methods

17 Jun 2020

A new method of analysing cancer patients’ blood for evidence of the disease could be up to ten times more sensitive than previous methods according...

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Harnessing AI in the fight against COVID-19

04 Jun 2020

AI assisted COVID-19 diagnostic and prognostic tool could improve resource allocation and patient outcomes.

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The Academy of Medical Sciences announces new Fellows for 2020

13 May 2020

Six affiliates of the University of Cambridge are among 50 world-leading UK researchers who have been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the...

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Leading European cancer centres share guidance on making their operations ‘pandemic proof’

16 Apr 2020

Seven of Europe’s leading cancer centres have today published a report detailing how they have organized their healthcare systems at an unprecedented...

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Switching on a key cancer gene could provide first curative treatment for heart disease

14 Apr 2020

Researchers trying to turn off a gene that allows cancers to spread have made a surprising U-turn. By making the gene overactive and functional in...

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