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Category Archives: CANCER – ONCOLOGY

Cancer diagnosis for the elderly set to rise

Cancer diagnosis for the elderly set to rise Cancer, its’ causes, the way it is diagnosed and its’ associated charities are never out of the press.  Recently we hear that the number of elderly people in the UK diagnosed each year with cancer is set to rise by 80% in less than 20 years. The…
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July is Sarcoma Awareness Month

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month. So, What is Sarcoma? It is cancer of the bone and soft tissues. Sarcoma is an uncommon cancer that can affect any part of the body, inside or out. This includes muscles, tendons, fatty tissue, bone and blood vessels. Around 5300 people in the UK are diagnosed with a form…
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Funding doubled for Brain Cancer research

Government to double brain cancer research funding to £40m a year. Following the untimely death of Tessa Jowell, former Labour MP, it has been announced that brain cancer research will have its government funding doubled to £40m and gold standard tumour diagnosis tests will be rolled out to all NHS hospitals. Theresa May and her…
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Portsmouth hospitals report over 800 serious incidents

NHS trusts covering Portsmouth report over 800 serious incidents during 2016-2017. Serious incident covers events such as: Avoidable or unexpected injury or serious harm Avoidable or unexpected death Patient abuse Events that lead to widespread public concern Events that affect the trust’s capacity to provide an acceptable level of care Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which…
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Cancer cases missed as junior doctors left to read x-rays at Portsmouth hospital

Inspectors have discovered more than 20,000 x-rays at Queen Alexandra Hospital which were not properly examined, sparking a nation-wide review. On 19 July 2017, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals carried out an inspection at Queen Alexandra Hospital after an increasing amount of public concern regarding the aspects of care provided by the Diagnostic Imaging Department.…
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Survival rates “unacceptable” for different types of cancer

New research has found that Patients with the six deadliest forms of cancer are five times less likely to survive for five years or more compared to patients with one of 11 other forms of the disease. The survival rates for pancreatic, liver, brain, lung, oesophageal and stomach cancer are considered to be completely unacceptable.…
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Cancer follow-up failure – cause of devastating consequences.

It is crucial to regularly monitor cancer patients prior to, during and after treatment so that the medical practitioners are able to detect any changes that may be of vital importance to ongoing care. It has been recently reported that an NHS Trust has admitted failure to adequately monitor over 20 of its’ cancer patients.…
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Breast surgeon convicted for carrying out needless operations

It has recently been widely reported that Ian Paterson, a Breast Surgeon from Manchester was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent when he carried out needless operations on 9 women and 1 man in the West Midlands. The operations were carried out on patients who were being treated on the NHS.  He…
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Cancer drugs fund – a waste of money

The Cancer Drugs Fund is a fund set up by the Government to pay for expensive medicines that the NHS would not usually finance. A recent study has found that the Fund has failed to benefit patients and may have resulted in some of them suffering unnecessarily from toxic side-effects. David Cameron set up the…
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