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Category Archives: Oncology

‘Game-changing’ new way to fight Cancer discovered

A “game-changing” protein that promotes the body’s immunity to Cancer has been discovered by scientists, potentially enabling individual’s immune system to fight off any kind of Cancer or virus. This development offers fresh hope that Cancer will be conquered in years to come. A “completely unknown” protein was discovered by scientists at Imperial College London,…
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Over half of patients miss best prostate care

Men in many parts of the country are missing out on the best treatment for prostate cancer.  A recent audit of prostate cancer shows that 80% of hospitals treating those with prostate cancer do not have the most advanced radiotherapy, a quarter lack crucial scans and 50% do not offer help for common side-effects. It…
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Genetic test offers hope to women with breast cancer

A new genetic test which could spare women unnecessary chemotherapy, by working out how likely or not a cancer is to spread, has now been approved for use on the NHS. It is thought that around 9,700 patients with some types of early stage breast cancer could have the Oncotype DX test each year, and…
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Breast cancer screening recall at Bournemouth hospital

Hundreds of women have been recalled for breast cancer screening after a Bournemouth hospital claims a junior doctor failed to follow proper procedures. The Royal Bournemouth Hospital has said that 272 patients have been asked to have reassessments. These women attended a clinic between January 2011 and July 2012. The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals…
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Concerns over the cancer fund future

There are warnings from cancer charities over the uncertainty of future access to life-extending drugs when a dedicated fund ends next year. The government’s £650million Cancer Drugs Fund has paid for treatment for 28,000 people since late 2010. However it is due to end in 2014 and cancer charities are calling for clarity about what…
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Lung cancer set to overtake breast cancer in European women

Experts are saying that lung cancer is set to overtake breast cancer as the biggest cause of cancer death for European women. The Annals of Oncology reports that this is already the case in the UK and Poland. The upward trend of lung cancer is as a result of the surge of women who took…
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Male cancer risk to increase to one in two

UK experts are predicting that male cancer risk will increase to 1 in 2; that is they will have a 1 in 2 chance of developing cancer in their lifetime. The prediction increase of 50 in 100 is up from the current 44 in 100 and is largely owing to the fact that people are…
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Breast cancer claims against West Midlands hospitals

Three West Midlands hospitals are facing breast cancer claims from around 90 women after botched or unnecessary operations The claims are being brought against the Heart of England NHS Trust and Spire Healthcare. Ian Paterson was the surgeon that carried out the breast cancer operations in the claims, between 2004 and 2007. The operations were…
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Breast screening controversy over harms

As a result of an independent review, women invited for breast screening are to be given more information about the potential harms after it was shown that for every life saved, three women had unnecessary treatment for a cancer that would have never been fatal. This means that women who would otherwise led full and…
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Ovarian cancer survival rates in the UK are poor

A government funded study has found that women in the UK diagnosed with advanced stages of ovarian cancer are less likely to survive than in other similar countries. Swain & Co.’s medical negligence solicitors say the results are disturbing. The study suggests that the treatment of women with advanced ovarian cancer may not be on…
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