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Lung cancer

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, with around 48,500 people diagnosed each year. There are two main types of lung cancer – small cell lung cancer and non small cell lung cancer – depending on how the cells look under the microscope.

The main symptoms are a cough, shortness of breath and weight loss.

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New research from the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership shows people in the UK were treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy less often, and faced longer waits to start treatment New research from the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership shows people in the UK were treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy less often, and faced longer waits to start treatment

by Jacob Smith | Analysis | 27 February 2024

27 February 2024

Two researchers smiling as they work together in a lab

2023 has been a big year for Cancer Research UK, and there's been a lot to celebrate. So, to end the year, we want to highlight just a few of our most exciting research stories of 2023. 2023 has been a big year for Cancer Research UK, and there's been a lot to celebrate. So, to end the year, we want to highlight just a few of our most exciting research stories of 2023.

by Jacob Smith | In depth | 18 December 2023

18 December 2023

Smokefree UK Supporters gathered on College Green before the petition hand-in

King Charles today confirmed the government's plans to raise the age of sale for tobacco, ensuring it can never be sold to future generations. King Charles today confirmed the government's plans to raise the age of sale for tobacco, ensuring it can never be sold to future generations.

by Alizee Froguel | News | 7 November 2023

7 November 2023

Microscopic images of pleural fluid cytology of a small cell oat cell carcinoma
  • Science & Technology
  • Health & Medicine

10 ways we’ve influenced progress in lung cancer

From uncovering some of the causes of lung cancer, through to contributing to drugs used to treat it, here are 10 ways we have worked towards progress in lung cancer. From uncovering some of the causes of lung cancer, through to contributing to drugs used to treat it, here are 10 ways we have worked towards progress in lung cancer.

by Amy Warnock | In depth | 1 November 2023

1 November 2023

Messages written in glow in the dark pen at a Shine night walk event to remember lost loved ones

Over two million years of life are lost to cancer in the UK every year, according to a new study from Cancer Research UK. However, the data also showed that thanks to innovation and research, we are making progress in beating cancer.   Over two million years of life are lost to cancer in the UK every year, according to a new study from Cancer Research UK. However, the data also showed that thanks to innovation and research, we are making progress in beating cancer.  

by Jacob Smith | News | 11 October 2023

11 October 2023

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks at the 2023 Conservative Party Conference

Ian Walker reflects on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's announcements on tobacco at the Conservative Party Conference on Wednesday Ian Walker reflects on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's announcements on tobacco at the Conservative Party Conference on Wednesday

by Ian Walker | Opinion | 6 October 2023

6 October 2023

Cancer Research UK Campaigners outside number 10 Downing street with MPs Bob Blackman, John McNally and Martyn Day.

On Wednesday 13 September, Cancer Research UK Ambassadors and staff headed to Number 10, joined by cross-party Councillors, MPs, Cancer Research UK partners and representatives from other health charities to hand in our Smokefree UK petition. On Wednesday 13 September, Cancer Research UK Ambassadors and staff headed to Number 10, joined by cross-party Councillors, MPs, Cancer Research UK partners and representatives from other health charities to hand in our Smokefree UK petition.

by Sam Johnson-Audini | News | 29 September 2023

29 September 2023

A CT scan of someone's lungs

England is rolling out a targeted lung cancer screening programme to catch more cases early. Here's why the rest of the UK needs to keep up. England is rolling out a targeted lung cancer screening programme to catch more cases early. Here's why the rest of the UK needs to keep up.

by Alice Hilborn | Analysis | 27 July 2023

27 July 2023

Lung cancer cells seen through a microscope.
  • Science & Technology
  • Health & Medicine

ASCO 2023 roundup: Blood tests, drugs and exercise

ASCO’s annual meeting is the world’s biggest cancer conference. This year’s highlights included updates on cancer blood tests, AI tools for estimating cancer risk, better drugs for some lung and ovarian cancers, and interesting data on how yoga can help patients. ASCO’s annual meeting is the world’s biggest cancer conference. This year’s highlights included updates on cancer blood tests, AI tools for estimating cancer risk, better drugs for some lung and ovarian cancers, and interesting data on how yoga can help patients.

12 June 2023