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Category Archives: CANCER – ONCOLOGY

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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Cancer survival rates falling behind other countries

Cancer survival rates falling behind other countries Cancer survival rates in the UK are increasing. But analysis suggests we are falling behind other countries. A study in Lancet Oncology finds that UK performance is behind Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway. The study The study focused on cancer patients diagnosed between 1995 and…
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Why war language is not suitable for Cancer

Why war language is not suitable for Cancer Melanie Lidstone-Land looks at the language used around cancer and why it is not suitable for cancer patients. “When someone is diagnosed with cancer, often people use language such as battle, fight and warrior. When someone dies from cancer, often they will be described as losing the…
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‘Quickly’ in medical terms – is it really?

‘Quickly’ in medical terms – is it really? Following recent personal events, Melanie Lidstone-Land looks at the word ‘quickly’ in terms recent medical experience. Could this really be quickly? Does the NHS understand what quickly means? “Recently someone very close to me had a bit of a health “scare” with a lump found on their…
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New screening test for prostate cancer

New screening test for prostate cancer  It has been reported in the news that hundreds of UK men are to try a new screening test for prostate cancer. The results of the trial will be used to determine whether the test should be offered routinely on the NHS. Current testing for prostate cancer is very limited.…
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Major misconception about smear tests

Major misconception about smear tests Frighteningly, many women in the UK mistakenly believe smear tests can detect ovarian cancer. Smear tests do not detect ovarian cancer. They only detect cervical cancer. Target Ovarian Cancer survey reveals that 22% of women think that a smear test can detect ovarian cancer. This major misconception could leave women…
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Bowel Cancer Awareness

April is bowel cancer awareness month. Talking about poo, bowel movements, tummy troubles, number 2s - whatever you want to call them, is embarrassing. We tend to not talk about it. And find it hard to seek help when we have concerns. However, This month is dedicated to raising the awareness of bowel cancer. The…
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Could bladder cancer loophole be costing lives?

Could bladder cancer loophole be costing lives? Bladder cancer patients are waiting longer to be treated than the NHS guidance of 62 days. Due to a loophole, the countdown clock is being stopped after a biopsy is taken. The guidance states that cancer patients should have treatment within 62 days. But, the biopsy that some…
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Is the NHS crumbling?

The NHS faces relentless strains, but is it crumbling? We continue to hear on the news that diagnosis and treatment times are falling behind with more and more claims against the NHS being made by patients and their families. Cancer diagnosis and treatment is in dire straits and our A&E’s are not performing. We struggle…
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Breast cancer: Tailored screening breakthrough?

Breast cancer: Tailored screening breakthrough? Using a combination of family history and genetic markers, could there be a breakthrough in breast cancer screening. A test has been developed and is being trialled by some specialists and GPs. Diagnosing cancer sooner is a priority. This new test shows potential to identify risks through its tailored approach.…
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