Cancer Research

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 29.12.2015 | 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.

Snatching Hope From Those Most in Need

Neil Jeffery | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK
Neil Jeffery

I am going to reel off some names here and I wonder if you know what connects them all: Steve Jobs, Jack Benny, Patrick Swayze, Bill Hicks, Luciano P...

Blogger Shaves Head For Cancer Awareness To Prove That Bald Is Beautiful

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A positive body image campaigner has shaved her head in the name of cancer awareness. Leyah Shanks, 22, hopes to challenge the stereotypes surround...

Apple Just Turned The iPhone Into A Medical 'Tricorder'

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Tech

Apple has unveiled ResearchKit, a program that allows researchers to turn your iPhone 6 into a powerful medical analytics tool. Apps built through ...

I Never Expected to Be Diagnosed With Cancer at Thirty

Amy Williams | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Williams

Up until last spring I had been enjoying life as a healthy gym bunny, always outgoing and taking on everything life had to offer. I had noticed I'd been feeling more tired lately, and had a feeling that something wasn't right - but I never expected to hear the C word.

One In Two People Will Develop Cancer, Says Charity

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

One in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives, new figures suggest. A forecast from Cancer Research UK predicts that the UK c...

10 Myths About Cancer (And Why They Are Nonsense)

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Cancer may be one of the most common diseases in the world, but there are still a number of myths surrounding it that need to be debunked. Can supe...