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Category Archives: CANCER – ONCOLOGY

Concerns that cancer death rates will rise

Concerns that cancer death rates will rise Figures collected from the NHS suggest that since “Lockdown #1” tens of thousands fewer people began treatment for cancer compared to normal times. We know that early detection followed by prompt treatment is crucial to combat the disease and these delays could have a devastating effect on cancer…
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Huge Operation Delays in England

Huge Operation Delays in England The pandemic has changed everyone’s lives in at least one way or another. For the NHS, huge and unexpected pressures have led to lack of resources, most notoriously hospital beds, equipment, and staff, which have meant that around 4.7 million patients in February 2021 were awaiting non-urgent surgery. Non-urgent surgery…
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Cervical Cancer Home Testing Kits

Cervical Cancer Home Testing Kits Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and is nearly always caused by infection with Human papillomavirus (HPV). Currently, there are in excess of 3,200 diagnosis of cervical cancer made in the UK every year. If cervical cancer, or any kind of cancer, is caught early,…
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Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month with cancer charities promoting a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the disease. The statistics show that between 2015 – 2017, over 16,000 people were diagnosed with skin cancer and between 2016 – 2018, over 2000 people died from the disease. Charities such as Cancer Research UK are trying…
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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month with cancer charities promoting a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the disease. The statistics show that every 15 minutes somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK.   The message that Bowel Cancer UK really wants to get across is that it is treatable and curable if it…
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Was the NHS right to delay cancer treatment during COVID?

Was the NHS right to delay cancer treatment during COVID? At the outset of the pandemic, medical leaders told cancer patients to delay treatment during the first wave of the virus. This advice was based on the concern that those patients receiving chemotherapy, immunotherapy and surgery would be faced with a huge risk of death…
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Cancer care in England still failing to improve?

Is cancer care in England still failing to improve? As long ago as 2018 I wrote an article about the reports of failures to diagnose cancer in its’ early stages causing potentially unnecessary deaths. It had been reported at that time that England has failed to close the gap on the best-performing nations in relation…
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Bowel cancer screening – Why everyone should take part?

Bowel cancer screening – Why everyone should take part? My husband has now achieved “that age” when he will be automatically screened by the NHS for Bowel Cancer.  From the conversations we have had, I can tell that he is not looking forward to it.  It is a mix of anxiety and the fear of…
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Cervical cancer misdiagnosis despite key symptoms

Cervical cancer misdiagnosis despite key symptoms A 26 year old woman has suffered a misdiagnosis even though she had key symptoms of cervical cancer. Alexandra Hodson was told her symptoms were occurring because of her contraceptive injection. She presented with pain during sex , bleeding after and in between her periods. Nurse tells her symptoms…
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