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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

Breast magnetic resonance image, or MRI. The bright white dot in the larger images is stage one breast cancer.

New research from the ICR is showing us how additional measurements taken by MRI could speed up the development of new drugs that could make chemotherapies more effective New research from the ICR is showing us how additional measurements taken by MRI could speed up the development of new drugs that could make chemotherapies more effective

by Jacob Smith | Analysis | 9 May 2023

9 May 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

Headshots of Dame Valerie Beral, Anne Szarewski, Nandita deSouza and Yvonne Barr

As our 20th anniversary year draws to a close, we’re celebrating some of the pioneering women who have contributed to impactful cancer research and paved the way for even more. As our 20th anniversary year draws to a close, we’re celebrating some of the pioneering women who have contributed to impactful cancer research and paved the way for even more.

by Amy Warnock | In depth | 25 January 2023

25 January 2023

An image of a chest x-ray showing some signs of disease

Up to 14% of people with lung cancer in the UK have never smoked. New research funded by us reveals why non-smokers face delays in getting diagnosed with lung cancer Up to 14% of people with lung cancer in the UK have never smoked. New research funded by us reveals why non-smokers face delays in getting diagnosed with lung cancer

by Jacob Smith | In depth | 25 November 2022

25 November 2022

A bottle containing the HPV vaccine

From strengthening the understanding of the link between HPV and cervical cancer, to working towards reducing cervical cancer to the point where almost no one develops it, our history with this particular disease goes way back. From strengthening the understanding of the link between HPV and cervical cancer, to working towards reducing cervical cancer to the point where almost no one develops it, our history with this particular disease goes way back.

by Lilly Matson | In depth | 21 November 2022

21 November 2022

Image of an MRI scanner and a radiographer

New reports highlight the impact of workforce issues on the ongoing patient backlog and patient outcomes across UK nations.   New reports highlight the impact of workforce issues on the ongoing patient backlog and patient outcomes across UK nations.  

by Lilly Matson | News | 9 June 2022

9 June 2022

Medical technologist holding urine tube test in medical laboratory

Less than a year after The University of Birmingham had partnered with Nonacus to produce a urine test for bladder cancer, the first results are in. Less than a year after The University of Birmingham had partnered with Nonacus to produce a urine test for bladder cancer, the first results are in.

by Lilly Matson | Analysis | 16 April 2022

16 April 2022

Close-up Of Female Doctor Injecting Male Patient With Syringe To Collect Blood Sample

A blood test capable of catching any cancer at an early stage before any symptoms may sound like science fiction but just how close are researchers to making it a reality? A blood test capable of catching any cancer at an early stage before any symptoms may sound like science fiction but just how close are researchers to making it a reality?

by Harry Jenkins | In depth | 14 April 2022

14 April 2022

A photograph of a person holding a blood test

Our researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that patients who are at a higher risk of their lung cancer returning can be identified by a personalised blood test. Our researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that patients who are at a higher risk of their lung cancer returning can be identified by a personalised blood test.

by Graeme Sneddon | News | 1 April 2022

1 April 2022

A patient having a consultation with their doctor

There’s no ‘right’ way to check certain parts of your body for cancer, but here’s what you need to keep in mind when self-checking. There’s no ‘right’ way to check certain parts of your body for cancer, but here’s what you need to keep in mind when self-checking.

by Amy Hirst | In depth | 29 March 2022

29 March 2022