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Category Archives: CANCER – ONCOLOGY

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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Anti cancer cap success story

With more money being ploughed into cancer research than ever before, the press are reporting on an anti-cancer cap that generates an electric field and has doubled the chances of brain tumour patients surviving for five years. It is reported that participants who used the device while undergoing chemotherapy had a 13% chance of survival…
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Blood Tests – The Future of Diagnosing Cancer

Research conducted in California has made large breakthroughs in the diagnosis of cancer through testing a patients’ blood. This new diagnostic process is considered to be revolutionary in the world of cancer research and the prototype could be ready sooner than expected; with some experts forecasting it’s availability to be within a year. Roughly 350,000…
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Plans for cancer care to include four week diagnosis target

Following several concerning studies about cancer care in England, plans are underway to improve care for cancer patients in the country.  These plans include a target, recommended by the Independent Cancer Taskforce, that by 2020 95% of patients should either be given the all-clear or a diagnosis within 28 days of being referred to the…
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