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Category Archives: CANCER – ONCOLOGY

NEW TEST COULD IMPROVE DIAGNOSIS OF OVARIAN CANCER

A new blood test for Ovarian Cancer has been found to detect twice as many cases as conventional methods, and is so successful it could lead to national screening programmes. Around 7,100 women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer each year. In the world’s largest Ovarian Cancer screening trial, carried out over 14 years in the…
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Research into personal cancer vaccines

A company in the US has developed tailor-made cancer vaccines which target each patient’s tumour differently.  The idea behind the vaccine is that each tumour has been caused by a unique set of genetic errors, the vaccine then targets these specific genetic errors leading to a more effective treatment. The scientists behind the project believe…
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Breath test to detect stomach cancer risk

An early study published in the Gut journal suggests that a simple breath test could show whether people with gut problems are at risk of developing stomach cancer. The test detects chemical compounds present in a person’s breath.  It then matches these breath prints again those put into the system to identify if there are…
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Young mother with breast cancer suing NHS for negligence

Miss M, 35, attended her GP in July 2010 after she had found a lump in her left breast.  Her GP fast-tracked her for an appointment with a cancer specialist.  However a consultant at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend downgraded her case to “routine”. This meant that instead of being seen 2 weeks…
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Urological Cancer and Clinical Negligence

What are urological cancers? Urological cancers encompass bladder, prostate, kidney and testicular cancer.  These are amongst some of the most common cancers.  People of all ages and both genders can be affected by these cancers.  50,000 urological cancers are diagnosed every year in the UK with prostate cancer being the most common diagnosis. What can…
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Improvements seen in Portsmouth Hospital’s cancer services

More than 90% of cancer patients at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth recently surveyed by Quality Health, the health watchdog, rated the care they received at the Trust as either excellent or very good.  Quality Health surveyed more than 600 cancer patients at the hospital between September and November last year as part of…
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Study shows half of all cancers are diagnosed at a late stage

A report from Cancer Research UK shows that almost half of cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage when survival odds are lower.  Earlier diagnosis would mean increased survival chances for 52,000 patients each year and could save the NHS £210m in reduced treatment costs. The report showed that there are large variations in early…
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Poor waiting times for bowel cancer tests

A report recently published by Bowel Cancer UK has called waiting times for bowel cancer tests in parts of the UK “poor”.  It states that conducting tests sooner would prevent deaths, as bowel cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer-related deaths in the UK. It has been revealed that in Wales 15%…
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Simple blood test that can predict male cancer

Simple blood test that can predict male cancer Scientists have discovered a simple blood test which can predict the risk of cancer in older men.  It has been found that men with a common defect in their white blood cells are almost four times as likely to die from cancer as those without it. The…
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