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Children and young people's cancers

Children develop different types of cancers than adults, with around 1,900 children under the age of 14 diagnosed each year. The most common types of childhood cancer are acute leukaemia and cancers of the brain and spinal cord. Thanks to research into new treatments, 8 in 10 children diagnosed with cancer will live for at least five years.
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A Cancer Research UK-funded researcher in the lab.

We helped fund a trial into neuroblastoma treatment that has improved how doctors treat the disease when other options aren't working. It's an important step forward in treating these relapsed and refractory tumours, which have some of the lowest survival rates for any childhood cancer.   We helped fund a trial into neuroblastoma treatment that has improved how doctors treat the disease when other options aren't working. It's an important step forward in treating these relapsed and refractory tumours, which have some of the lowest survival rates for any childhood cancer.  

by Tim Gunn | News | 10 January 2024

10 January 2024

Bacterial microbiome mapping. Orange lines making connections and overlapping each other.

The microbiome is made up of trillions of microbes, including bacteria, fungi and even viruses. A research group believes this bustling community could be the key for preventing childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. The microbiome is made up of trillions of microbes, including bacteria, fungi and even viruses. A research group believes this bustling community could be the key for preventing childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

by Sophie Wedekind | Analysis | 3 January 2024

3 January 2024

Cancer Research UK and Children with Cancer UK will co-fund a £5.5 million research programme to advance precision medicine for children and young people whose cancer has returned or whose treatment has stopped working. Cancer Research UK and Children with Cancer UK will co-fund a £5.5 million research programme to advance precision medicine for children and young people whose cancer has returned or whose treatment has stopped working.

by Sophie Wedekind | News | 20 November 2023

20 November 2023

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series That Cancer Conversation
Steph Phillips, Dr Miriam Dixon-Zegeye & Professor Sarah Blagden

We're funding the UK's first precision cancer prevention trial unit. It's testing a drug that could help protect people with Li Fraumeni Syndrome, a genetic condition that can lead to a more than 90% lifetime risk of cancer, against the disease. We're funding the UK's first precision cancer prevention trial unit. It's testing a drug that could help protect people with Li Fraumeni Syndrome, a genetic condition that can lead to a more than 90% lifetime risk of cancer, against the disease.

by Tim Gunn | In depth | 19 September 2023

19 September 2023

Graphic announcing the Cancer Grand Challenges shortlist

The Cancer Grand Challenges shortlist includes 12 teams with the potential to make the progress against cancer that we urgently need. The Cancer Grand Challenges shortlist includes 12 teams with the potential to make the progress against cancer that we urgently need.

by Tim Gunn | News | 5 September 2023

5 September 2023

The logo of our podcast, That Cancer Conversation

In our new podcast series, That Cancer Conversation: One to One, we’re talking to Dr Laura Danielson, our research lead for children’s and young people’s cancer. In our new podcast series, That Cancer Conversation: One to One, we’re talking to Dr Laura Danielson, our research lead for children’s and young people’s cancer.

by Cancer Research UK | Podcast | 1 September 2023

1 September 2023

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series That Cancer Conversation

Concluding our first Teenager and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Month, we look at how longer waiting times are impacting their mental health. Concluding our first Teenager and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Month, we look at how longer waiting times are impacting their mental health.

by Sophie Wedekind | Analysis | 27 April 2023

27 April 2023

Lab equipment at our Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre in Southampton
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3 ways we're helping teenagers and young adults with cancer

Teenagers and young adults with cancer have to deal with unique challenges. We're using our expertise to help tackle them. Teenagers and young adults with cancer have to deal with unique challenges. We're using our expertise to help tackle them.

by Tim Gunn | In depth | 18 April 2023

18 April 2023