Cancer Research

We Need To Change The Way The World Thinks About Cancer

Dr. Sam Godfrey | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sam Godfrey

More and more people will start surviving their cancer. Perhaps we will get to a day when cancer is thought of in the same way as bacterial infections are today. People used to die of toothache. Nowadays that is very rare indeed.

We Won't Let Cancer Divide Us

Dr. Sam Godfrey | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sam Godfrey

One in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime, which is why I think this cause resonates with everyone. In a short amount of time Stand Up To Cancer has established itself in the hearts, minds and televisions of people across the UK and I can't wait to see where the future takes us.

Inspirational Stories Of 2016: From Being Diagnosed With A Brain Tumour To Meeting The Love Of My Life

Parminder Tatur | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Parminder Tatur

One of the hardest things was losing my hair. When it started to fall out and I had to have it cut, it felt like part of me was dying. I came home and cried. But now when I go to the hairdressers, I feel like a new person.

Inspirational Stories 2016: I Opened Up About My Breast Cancer Diagnosis On Facebook

Phil Alderson | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Phil Alderson

I had an ultrasound, biopsy and mammogram and went back into the waiting room for a while. Then I was called back into see the consultant and this time there was a lady sitting at the back of the room with a concerned look on her face.

Inspiring Stories Of 2016: We Didn't See It Coming...

Jo Priston | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Parents
Jo Priston

One of our main worries was how Sam would cope with hair loss but he proved to be a lot braver than we imagined and would give us handfuls of hair and say that he always wondered what it would be like to have no hair.

Inspiring Stories Of 2016: My Cancer Didn't Win, Christmas 2016 May Be One Of The Best Ones Yet...

Clare Fletcher | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Fletcher

So the madness of Christmas is nearly upon us, and it's hard to believe just how much has happened since this time last year! While everybody else was running around in the usual Christmas mayhem, I was sitting in a hospital gown, having blood tests, x-rays, scans and then a biopsy to find out if the lumps in my neck were in fact Hodgkin Lymphoma.

This Is What The Most Advanced Bowel Cancer Trial Is Doing For Patients

Dr. Sam Godfrey | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sam Godfrey

Stuart has terminal bowel cancer but is a remarkable man. What struck me talking to him for this week's podcast was how he shoulders this burden wit...

Alcohol - How Does It Give Us Cancer?

Lucy Eccles | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Eccles

Research by World Cancer Research Fund shows that drinking alcohol is linked to an increased risk of several cancers: bowel, breast, mouth and throat, oesophageal, stomach and liver. In the UK, 21,000 cases of cancer could be prevented each year if nobody drank alcohol, but how does alcohol actually interact with us to cause such a drastic effect?

This Is What Life With Rare Cancer Looks Like

Dr. Sam Godfrey | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sam Godfrey

The trouble with treating rare cancers is in the name. They are rare. Scientists need to be able to study the cancer to find out how to beat it. And then they need to test new treatments on enough people to find out if it works. If a cancer that has just a few hundred cases a year, this makes it rather difficult to tackle.

Pancreatic Cancer: The Wound That Never Heals

Dr. Sam Godfrey | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sam Godfrey

Pancreatic cancer is notoriously hard to treat. As well as Yasmin's father, this is the cancer that famously took Patrick Swayze and Steve Jobs. In fact, less than one in a hundred people who get this disease survive it, something that hasn't improved since the 70's.

How Anthony Nolan's Stem Cell Research Will Save More Lives Long Into The Future

Professor Alejandro Madrigal | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Tech
Professor Alejandro Madrigal

Stem cell transplants are amazing because they can cure life-threatening illnesses, but the transplant is only the first step of the journey to recovery. There's still more we can do to increase the success rate of transplants, and reduce the number of people who experience post-transplant complications so that they can have the best possible quality of life.

Are We Being Misled On Cancer Progress?

John Piears | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
John Piears

A new report just published by Macmillan Cancer Support sheds new light on the large numbers of people living long-term with cancer but evidence has also come to light that the public may be being misled about our progress in beating cancer and that progress is almost certainly not as good as that implied by the much touted cancer survival statistics.

Cancer Cells Can Be Passed Between Individuals And Between Species

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Tech

Infectious cancer cells found in clams and mussels have proved to be capable of leaping between individuals – and “shockingly” moving between sp...

Cancer Drug Benefits Overhyped

John Piears | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
John Piears

Barely a month goes by without a newspaper headline claiming that "A cure for all cancers is on the way" or hailing the latest "Major cancer breakthro...

Read This Story and Have the Courage to Back Yourself

Jojo Furnival | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

How things have changed. How was I so sure of myself when I was two, and 28 years later it's the hardest thing in the world for me to 'back myself'? You know, assert my beliefs, my view, to have the courage of my convictions.

Would You Want Your Best Ideas Openly Scrutinized? Scientists Do

Dr Helen Rippon | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Helen Rippon

Peer review is regarded by many as an indispensable, if sometimes unwieldy, cog in the science machine. It's what makes science 'go'. But to non-scientists it can seem a bizarre process.

Cancer Widower Tells World Leaders to 'Get Your Act Together'

John Piears | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
John Piears

This is an open letter from me to World Leaders about cancer. If we truly want to beat cancer sooner, we need to cooperate across the world to use our money, knowledge and skills more wisely - for public benefit, not for profit.

Choirs for Cancer Patients and Carers: The Science and the Magic

Rosie Dow | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Dow

As a non-scientist but a lifelong music advocate, it was a hugely exciting adventure for me to be talking to choir members about lab research and finding out whether the obvious power of the choirs that I saw every day could actually be having an impact on their biology, too.

We May Have Finally Found A Way To Outsmart Cancer Without Any Drugs

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Tech

Cancer-killing cells that are often outdone by tumours have been given strong helping hand thanks to gene editing. Scientists proved they were able t...

You Can't Take the Risk Out of Cancer Research, So Why Are We Even Trying To?

Dr Helen Rippon | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Helen Rippon

Here's my beef with the changes I see in cancer research funding: I worry that many funding bodies now seem to require increasing levels of certainty before investing. They want a mountain of preliminary data, alongside the usual research proposal and they want predictions of how the research will make a difference.

Hidden Heartache: The Untold Story of Bowel Cancer

Mark Flannagan | Posted 03.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Flannagan

Our research shows that bowel cancer can be a dark cloud and that its shadow is never far away, both for patients and their family and friends. For every person diagnosed with bowel cancer there are perhaps at least four more people who are also affected.

Cancer Widower's Letter to MP about Cancer's Tug of War

John Piears | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Politics
John Piears

The 4th February 2016 was World Cancer Day - a day to reflect on how cancer impacts our lives. I'm sure that many of us, including me, will be thinking about loved ones we've lost or who are living with cancer right now, but it's also a time to think about what we could do to bring forward the day when we no longer live in fear of cancer.

Obesity Could Cause 700,000 New Cancer Cases By 2035

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Over the next 20 years, obesity could be linked to almost 700,000 new cases of cancer in the UK, a major report has suggested. The report from Canc...

I Was Told I Had Incurable Cancer at 30

Stevie Gill | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stevie Gill

A day later the results were back and it wasn't good news. It was cancer. I was totally stunned and broke down in tears. We were all shell shocked - I never in my wildest dreams thought it would be cancer.

Forever Dry

Marissa Asli Bangura | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marissa Asli Bangura

If you don't drink for medical, religious, health or other reasons, decide beforehand what explanation you're prepared to share with people and what you're not. Remember, when all is said and done, it really is no one else's business but your own.