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There are around 12,100 people diagnosed with a tumour in the brain or central nervous system (CNS) each year in the UK. Brain and spinal cord tumours can affect children and adults and common symptoms include headaches, feeling or being sick and seizures (fits).

Changes to chromosomes impact how children’s brain tumours respond to treatment

Our scientists have found tiny cellular changes that make medulloblastomas resistant to treatment. Understanding them could help us treat the disease in future.

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Life beyond cancer: Improving the long term side effects for children and young people with brain cancer

We spoke to Dr Debbie Hicks about what is being done to understand and minimise the impact of long-term side effects for children and young people with medulloblastoma.

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Paving the way: How biopsies are offering hope to children with aggressive brain tumours

“Our motivation for studying it is because there haven’t been any new effective treatments for decades.” Overall, survival for children’s…

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Touching a nerve: How neuroscience could advance our understanding of cancer

The role of the nervous system in cancer progression remains largely unexplored. Now, our researchers at the Francis Crick Institute and Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre are leaning into the unknown to find out how cancer uses nerve cells and networks to survive and grow.

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Black in Cancer – That Cancer Conversation

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series That Cancer Conversation

From groundbreaking rare cancer research to ending up on Forbes 30 under 30, we chat to Sigourney Bell about her work in the lab and her global organisation, Black in Cancer.

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Cancer in children and young people: how far we’ve come

Since the 1970s, 30,000 deaths have been avoided thanks in part to the progress we’ve made in diagnosing and treating children’s and young people’s cancers.

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Coronavirus reports – Part 10: “I didn’t see my mum before I went into surgery”

This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we caught up with families who have been affected by children’s and young people’s cancers to find out how COVID-19 has impacted them and their loved ones.

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Can we grow the treatments of tomorrow? – That Cancer Conversation

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series That Cancer Conversation

Find out how the chemistry inside plants can lead to life-changing drugs and how a cannabis-derived drug is part of a new trial to help people with a type of aggressive brain cancer.

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Scientists developing urine and blood tests to detect brain tumours

Cancer Research UK scientists are developing tests that can detect the presence of glioma, a type of brain tumour, in patient urine or blood plasma.

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Transforming optimism: finding new ways to treat rare cancers

We spoke to Dr Kate Cwynarski, who led the Stand Up To Cancer-funded MARIETTA trial, a clinical trial which details a “potentially transforming” treatment for some patients with secondary CNS lymphoma.

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