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Category Archives: Oncology

CT scans on children linked to brain cancer

A study led by Newcastle University suggests that multiple CT scans in childhood could triple the risk of developing brain cancer (brain tumour) or leukaemia. But, writing in The Lancet the authors stressed that the benefits of CT scan usually outweighs the risks. The study merely underlined the guidelines on the use of the scans…
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Sacked surgeon’s patients awarded compensation

East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust made out of court settlements to the sum of £651,000 to 15 former patients of Dr Jackson, who they dismissed in 2007. The patients were treated by Dr Jackson up until 2007 despite the payouts from 2002 and referrals to the General Medical Council (GMC), which they confirmed were received…
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Delays in diagnosing cancer

The government is facing claims that it is risking the lives of young women under 25 years of age in England by not giving them cervical smear tests. Lib Dem MP Andrew George and Tory MP Mark Spencer are backing the campaign for the cervical screening system to be reviewed. The mother of Mercedes Curnow,…
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GPs booking to be modernised to cut waiting on phone

How many of us call the doctors in the morning, dead on the time that it opens only to find that it is already engaged? More attempts get the same engaged tone and if and when you get through, the appointments left are either inconvenient or non-existent at which point you realise you have to…
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Asbestos compensation pay-out for Somerset widow

The widow of David Bean, a former engineer for Bristol Water, is to get £290,000 compensation for his death from cancer caused by his exposure to asbestos. Mr Bean had no protective mask of clothing giving to him when he visited pumping house stations housing boilers, some the size of houses, which were covered in…
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Government advertising lung cancer warnings

Swain & Co. welcomes moves by the government to raise awareness that persistent cough could be a sign of lung cancer. The advertising campaign is being run on TV, radio, print and online media, recommending people with coughs that last longer than 3 weeks should see their GP. Swain & Co.’s specialist medical negligence solicitors…
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NHS: poor and inefficient care for multi-disease patients

A Study by The Lancet claims that the NHS cannot cope with the rising number of under 65s with long term medical conditions. It urges radical change. Research has been carried out in Scotland that has shown that of the 1.75 million people studied, a quarter had two or more chronic diseases. This is known…
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GP’s failing to spot cancer in teenagers

A survey published today suggests that GP’s are missing common signs of cancer in around one third of teenage sufferers. The survey of 300 patients also shows that a quarter of young people visited their GP four times or more before being referred to a specialist. 12% of the teenagers highlighted the fact that their…
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