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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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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

Senedd Cymru, or the Welsh Parliament.

Health inequalities in Wales put deprived communities more at risk of cancer. The All Things Being Equal inquiry shows what has to change. Health inequalities in Wales put deprived communities more at risk of cancer. The All Things Being Equal inquiry shows what has to change.

by Tim Gunn | News | 8 June 2023

8 June 2023

Lung adenocarcinoma cells

Researchers have developed a new model to study senescence in, and found that clearing a certain type of senescent cell from the tumour microenvironment could prevent some lung cancers. Researchers have developed a new model to study senescence in, and found that clearing a certain type of senescent cell from the tumour microenvironment could prevent some lung cancers.

by Jacob Smith | Analysis | 1 June 2023

1 June 2023

In one of their recently published papers, TRACERx researchers may have found a new way to track changes in a tumour and see how likely it is to spread, by looking at blood samples.  In one of their recently published papers, TRACERx researchers may have found a new way to track changes in a tumour and see how likely it is to spread, by looking at blood samples. 

by Amy Warnock | Analysis | 1 May 2023

1 May 2023

Non small cell lung cancer cells stained in pleural effusion sample.

Researchers based at the Francis Crick Institute have published new results from TRACERx, revealing the secrets of how lung cancer can evolve, spread and resist treatment. Researchers based at the Francis Crick Institute have published new results from TRACERx, revealing the secrets of how lung cancer can evolve, spread and resist treatment.

by Jacob Smith | Analysis | 12 April 2023

12 April 2023

While today's speech from Neil O'Brien MP was a welcome positive first step in the right direction, the UK Government has missed a key opportunity to get us back on track to achieving a Smokefree 2030 While today's speech from Neil O'Brien MP was a welcome positive first step in the right direction, the UK Government has missed a key opportunity to get us back on track to achieving a Smokefree 2030

by Alizee Froguel | Opinion | 11 April 2023

11 April 2023

Photograph of a crushed cigarette

Ian Walker covers the inequalities associated with smoking, as well as outlining how the Government could take steps to make the UK smokefree. Ian Walker covers the inequalities associated with smoking, as well as outlining how the Government could take steps to make the UK smokefree.

by Ian Walker | Opinion | 31 March 2023

31 March 2023

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Ian Walker on smoking
a person snapping a cigarette in half

Ian Walker describes how with swift political action we could prevent thousands of cancer deaths every year. Ian Walker describes how with swift political action we could prevent thousands of cancer deaths every year.

by Ian Walker | Opinion | 24 March 2023

24 March 2023

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Ian Walker on smoking
a smoking cigarette

Ian Walker reminds us why we need to keep our ‘pedal to the metal’ when it comes to further government policy intervention on smoking tobacco Ian Walker reminds us why we need to keep our ‘pedal to the metal’ when it comes to further government policy intervention on smoking tobacco

by Ian Walker | Opinion | 17 March 2023

17 March 2023

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Ian Walker on smoking

We spoke to Mariam Jamal-Hanjani and asked her to reflect on a career embedded in large-scale, collaborative and ambitious projects…    We spoke to Mariam Jamal-Hanjani and asked her to reflect on a career embedded in large-scale, collaborative and ambitious projects…   

by Phil Prime | In depth | 10 March 2023

10 March 2023

  • For Researchers

Time to get stratified

As genetic screening becomes routine for cancer detection and treatment, we need to ensure this can be delivered at scale and quickly within a national health system. As genetic screening becomes routine for cancer detection and treatment, we need to ensure this can be delivered at scale and quickly within a national health system.

by Cancer Research UK | Analysis | 10 January 2023

10 January 2023