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Catch up with the Yorkshire Cancer Research Blog

Ashkenazi Jews and the BRCA Gene

More than 20 years have passed since scientists discovered that faults in two key genes – BRCA1 and BRCA2 – significantly increased the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Since then, huge advances have been made in our understanding of these mutations and how drugs designed to target them can help to prevent and treat cancer.   People with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer can now be […]

Raising Awareness of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rates of any cancer. Jean Clark says she’s ‘one of the lucky ones’. The York grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer nearly four years ago, and after receiving treatment, she’s now dedicating her life to raising awareness of the disease so more people are diagnosed earlier. She spoke to Nikki Brady about her experience.   Jean Clark is one of 540 people living with […]

Living with Bladder Cancer

There are an estimated 5,700 people living with and beyond bladder cancer in Yorkshire and the Humber. It’s the ninth most common cancer in our region, with 867 people diagnosed with the disease in 2014.   But despite the high numbers of people affected, very little is known about the experience of patients living with bladder cancer.   In 2015, our researchers began a three-year clinical trial to compare two […]

500 Mile Charity Challenge 2017 by James Middlebrook

A trail runner from Selby will celebrate his 50th birthday by tackling 500 miles of gruelling terrain to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research. James Middlebrook, who lost his first wife Lynne to cervical cancer in 2002, will complete a series of some of the country’s toughest trail running events throughout 2017.   James began running in 2005 after a friend bet him £50 that he couldn’t complete the Great […]

Thanks to the BRCA Test Mum’s Now Saving Lives Left, Right and Centre

More than 20 years have passed since scientists discovered that faults in two key genes – BRCA1 and BRCA2 – significantly increased the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Since then, huge advances have been made in our understanding of these mutations and how drugs designed to target them can help to prevent and treat cancer.   People with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer can now be […]

Jo’s Blog – One Year On

Jo was diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian cancer completely out of the blue in July 2014, aged 39. She has since undergone a hysterectomy and treatment with chemotherapy and an angiogenesis inhibitor drug with the aim of keeping the cancer managed. Through genetic testing, Jo discovered she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation which presents a higher than normal risk of breast cancer. As a working mum with two young boys, […]

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