Since we launched our Never Too Young campaign, we regularly hear from younger people with bowel cancer who find it hard to get information and support that is relevant to them.
As a result of this feedback, we have produced a new booklet called Younger people with bowel cancer: a guide for the under 50s. This aims to fill the gaps in the information that younger people receive when they are diagnosed with bowel cancer. We hope it will also be useful for family and friends.
The booklet gives an introduction to how bowel cancer can affect the body, emotions, relationships and everyday life. It contains information on issues such as fertility, genetic risk, the impact on young children, family and work life, and contains lots of recommendations for other useful sources of information.
For hundreds of years the Scottish Highlands have resounded to the names of their famous clans: MacDonald, Campbell, Fraser, and many more. Each clan is a complex, branching family tree, starting from a single person but evolving over the years into a plethora of related but distinct groups.
Trying to untangle the different branches of a clan is a complicated and painstaking job for genealogists, poring over detailed histories and dusty parish records. But the family trees they construct from this information reveal the story of a clan’s evolution over time.
Now Charles Swanton and his team at the Francis Crick Institute, funded by Cancer Research UK, have carried out a similar painstaking analysis of data from more than 2,500 cancers, covering nine different tumour types.
Their study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, reveals the genetic relationships between different groups of cancer cells within an individual tumour, shedding light on the evolutionary processes at work as cancer grows and spreads within the body and how we might harness them to treat the disease more effectively in future.