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Maria with some of the wigs she's made

In 2008, Maria was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. In 2019, she started her online wig making business, which has gone on to provide wigs for up to a hundred women who have lost their hair during chemotherapy treatment. In 2008, Maria was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. In 2019, she started her online wig making business, which has gone on to provide wigs for up to a hundred women who have lost their hair during chemotherapy treatment.

by Jemma Humphreys | Personal stories | 16 December 2022

16 December 2022

Loren (left) and Dinny (right), who both lost their voices during their cancer treatment

Dinny and Loren had different types of cancer, and in both cases the disease took away their voices. Until, of course, they found a way to break the silence. Dinny and Loren had different types of cancer, and in both cases the disease took away their voices. Until, of course, they found a way to break the silence.

by Paula Young, Jane Redman | Personal stories | 2 December 2022

2 December 2022

A photo of Katie Currie with her mum and sister

In an unusual turn of events, the results of a clinical trial for mitoxantrone turned out to be so effective that the randomisation of the trial was halted early.  In an unusual turn of events, the results of a clinical trial for mitoxantrone turned out to be so effective that the randomisation of the trial was halted early. 

by Lilly Matson | Analysis | 16 September 2022

16 September 2022

A photograph of two people setting up a CRUK fundraising event

We support lifesaving cancer research through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses. But none of what we do would be possible without those who support us.  We support lifesaving cancer research through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses. But none of what we do would be possible without those who support us. 

by Lilly Matson | Personal stories | 17 August 2022

17 August 2022

Dr Hugo De La Peña in front of University Hospital Southampton

Dr Hugo De La Peña, the face of our latest TV advert, explains how a second chance at life led to a career dedicated to curing cancer.   Dr Hugo De La Peña, the face of our latest TV advert, explains how a second chance at life led to a career dedicated to curing cancer.  

by Elisa Mitchell | Personal stories | 12 August 2022

12 August 2022

This is the story of time. Of minutes and days which turn into months and years. The story of our 33,000 time-givers. This is the story of time. Of minutes and days which turn into months and years. The story of our 33,000 time-givers.

by Laura Berry | In depth | 11 July 2022

11 July 2022

Dame Deborah James

Since she was diagnosed in 2016, Dame Deborah James has brought bowel cancer into the spotlight, encouraged people to be aware of the symptoms and seek help if they notice them.  Since she was diagnosed in 2016, Dame Deborah James has brought bowel cancer into the spotlight, encouraged people to be aware of the symptoms and seek help if they notice them. 

by Jacob Smith | Analysis | 24 May 2022

24 May 2022

A picture of CRUK's Head Information Nurse Martin Ledwick

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the UK entering COVID-19 lockdown for the first time. What has it been like for the charity's nurses running the cancer helpline? Today marks the two-year anniversary of the UK entering COVID-19 lockdown for the first time. What has it been like for the charity's nurses running the cancer helpline?

by Cancer Research UK | Interview | 23 March 2022

23 March 2022