Welcome to BJC

Multidisciplinary Journal of Cancer Research

BJC publishes significant original papers and reviews that:

  • increase understanding of the causes of cancer
  • inform timely detection and accurate diagnosis
  • investigate molecular pathways relevant to cancer therapy
  • contribute to the discovery of novel therapies
  • help develop personalised therapy
  • drive improvements in the treatment and survival of patients
BJC is one of the most-cited general cancer journals

Vol 117, No 4

(August 2017)
ISSN 0007-0920

2016 Impact Factor

32/217 Oncology


*2016 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Web Focus

Tumour microenvironment

Five aspects of the tumour microenvironment that illustrate its importance in cancer research.

Checkpoint inhibitors

Immune checkpoint inhibitors are rapidly changing cancer treatment paradigms.


Guidelines for the use of cell lines in biomedical research

Cell-line misidentification and contamination with microorganisms, such as mycoplasma, together with instability, both genetic and phenotypic, are among the problems that continue to affect cell culture. Many of these problems are avoidable with the necessary foresight, and these Guidelines have been prepared to provide those new to the field and others engaged in teaching and instruction with the information necessary to increase their awareness of the problems and to enable them to deal with them effectively.

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The benefits and harms of breast cancer screening: an independent review

M G Marmot, D G Altman, D A Cameron, J A Dewar, S G Thompson and M Wilcox

Breast screening may save lives if aggressive cancers are detected early and treated effectively, but many screen-detected cancers would otherwise have been without symptoms during the patient’s lifetime, so does treating them cause more harm than good? This independent review, published here in full for the first time, addresses the evidence and uses this to make recommendations. The debate is taken up by four lively Editorials written by opinion leaders in the field of breast cancer treatment.

Editorials by:

P Hall and D Easton
A L Harris
C O'Donoghue and L Esserman
M Baum


Guidelines for the Welfare of Animals in Cancer Research

Updated, enhanced, and providing practical advice on animal welfare specifically for today's cancer researchers, these guidelines define and encourage sharing of best practice in laboratory work. Already endorsed by leading scientists worldwide, they should also be read by those making decisions about licensing, funding and publication.

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