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This year marks 20 years since Cancer Research UK was formed. However, our history goes back much further, to 1902, with the founding of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

From proving the link between smoking and cancer to laying the foundations for modern radiotherapy – our scientists have been at the forefront of cancer research for 120 years. To see more of our research highlights, visit our achievements timeline and our milestones series.

Latest episode of our podcast for cancer researchers

Cancer Research Matters provokes conversation around cancer science, how it shapes our understanding of the disease and the challenges we face as we develop therapies

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A new approach to cancer immunotherapy

Forty years ago, hints of a new component of the immune system caused a stir. Here, we chart the story of gamma delta T cells from discovery to clinical trials…

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Our new strategy to make discoveries, drive progress, and bring hope

We are launching a new strategy to help us make new discoveries and bring about a world where everyone lives longer, better lives, free from the fear of cancer.

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Diving into our role in 50 top cancer drugs

To mark 20 years since the merger of the Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, we’ve delved into the research of the charities’ that led to many of the drugs in use today.

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Introducing our new podcast for researchers

Cancer Research Matters provokes conversation around cancer science, how it shapes our understanding of the disease and the challenges we face as we develop therapies.

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Reflections from our chief clinician: The essential role of our research community

Chief clinician Charlie Swanton gives some of his personal reflections on how far research has come and why sustained investment is so important for the therapies of the future.

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Reflections from our chief scientist: The rise of the whole organism

Chief scientist Karen Vousden, contemplates the advances coming from cell biology and genomics and why the new frontiers of cancer research require a systems biology approach.

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120 years of discovery: 10 ways we’ve changed the story for people with cancer

From a legacy of life-saving medicines to developing new tools to detect cancer, our scientists have been at the forefront of cancer research for 120 years.

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Opinion: “We’ve been pushing for change for 20 years. We’re not stopping now”

This year marks 20 years of Cancer Research UK. A chance to reflect on the incredible advances we’ve made and a reminder of how much we have left to achieve.

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