Cancer and Hematology

The goal of our cancer research is to ensure that as few people as possible suffer or die from cancer. Breast cancer and leukemia are examples of two areas of cancer research at Linköping University.

Cancerceller, illustration

Cancer is a unifying concept for a number of diseases where abnormal cells divide , sometimes uncontrolled and invading other tissues. Cells from malignant tumours can spread to other parts of the body via blood or lymph.

Scientists around the world are seeking to understand the various causes of cancer, and how to prevent, detect, and treat the disease. Today, we know that the properties of cancer cells can be explained by changes in the genes. These mutations can be generated by external factors such assmoking, certain eating habits, or exposure to sunlight or radiation. 5 to 10 percent of cancer cases are estimated to have a hereditary background.

In Sweden, around 50,000 new cases of cancer are detected each year. Cancer treatment includes with surgery, radiation, and pharmaceuticals. The methods of therapy are constantly refined through new research. In parallel medical imaging technologyis developing, allowing tumours to be detected and diagnosed even earlier.

Areas of Research

• Breast Cancer 
• Cancer Therapy 
• Cancer Biology 
• Cancer Genetics 
• Liver, Bile Duct, and Pancreatic Cancers 
• Skin Cancers 
• Leukaemia 
• Nursing Care in cancer 
• Gastrointestinal Cancer

Learn more about our research by clicking on the respective research activities under the headline "Research".


Studies on chronic lymphocytic leukemia

We reported a novel finding on the highly resticted and biased specificities of CLL Abs some years ago, showing limited target structures for the CLL Abs, which were exposed on oxidized-LDL, apoptotic cells...

Anders Tisell and Peter Lundberg in front of the MR scanner looking at brain images.

Quantitative MRI of the Brain

The Nestor Lab

Our research aims to understand the function of DNA methylation in the biology of human CD4+ T-cells, and use this knowledge to dissect its role in disease.

Research network


Photo illustrating the app that analyses a birth mark.

AI-based app can help physicians find skin melanoma

A mobile app that uses AI to analyse images of suspected skin lesions can diagnose melanoma with very high precision. This is shown in a study led from Linköping University where the app has been tested in primary care.

illustration of cancer cells and red blood cells in blood vessel.

Possible explanation for long-term effects in leukemia survivors

Contrary to previous belief, stem cells, from which all new blood cells are formed, remain in bone marrow in the blood cancer type acute lymphocytic leukemia. But they have a hidden defect and lose their ability to form new blood cells.

Person in a lab reaching for an instrument.

Cancer researcher Linda Bojmar leads a unique study in humans

What’s it like to lead a research group, spend half your life on an airplane across the Atlantic, while making sure that family life runs smoothly? This is the reality facing Linda Bojmar every day, now back in Linköping to work on a unique study.