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Category Archives: CANCER – ONCOLOGY

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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Cancer care in England failing to improve?

Cancer care in England failing to improve? Failure to diagnose cancer in its’ early stages continues to cause potentially unnecessary deaths. It has recently been reported that England has failed to close the gap on the best-performing nations in relation to survival rates. The Health Foundation undertook a review of the government's record between 1995…
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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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