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Bowel cancers reshuffle their genetic pack to cheat treatment

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Deck of cards by stevendepolo on Flickr

Bowel cancer cells missing one of three genes can rapidly reshuffle their genetic ‘pack of cards’ – the chromosomes that hold the cell’s genetic information. This reshuffling has been previously shown to render tumours more resistant to treatment.

Collaboration points way towards improved treatment for women's cancers

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Prof Martin Widschwendter

UCL researchers have recently commenced an academic-industrial collaboration – EpiFemCare – to develop new methods for screening, diagnosing and personalising treatment of breast and ovarian cancers.

Improvement in child cancer survival rates threatened by lack of new drug development

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Kathy Pritchard-Jones

Some of the biggest challenges to the improvement of cancer care for children and young people are set out in a series of studies published in today's Lancet Oncology.

Factors behind rise in HIV in men who have sex with men

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Between 1990 and 2010 new HIV infections in the UK rose in men who have sex with men (MSM). The rise was driven by a 26 per cent increase in the proportion having condomless sex, according to new research by UCL and the Health Protection Agency.

Minimally invasive test provides best alternative to colonoscopy

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CT Scanner from joncallas on Flickr

Research shows that a new scan offering patients a less invasive diagnostic test for possible bowel cancer is more effective than the current radiological standard of barium enema and should be considered alongside the ‘gold standard’ of colonoscopy.

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