Category “Cancer”

Cancer charity hires digital nurse to bust myths online

October 31st, 2017
Cancer charity hires digital nurse to bust myths online

One of the country’s leading cancer charities, Macmillan Cancer Support, has hired a digital nurse to try and bust myths online and ensure patients have access to accurate information. Ellen McPake, from Glasgow, has been employed by the charity to help people find accurate information about cancer and enable them to get answers to their […]

NHS approves kidney cancer drug for use in England and Wales

July 11th, 2017

A drug, which is used to treat kidney cancer, will be available in England and Wales, the NHS has confirmed. Cabozantinib, which is already approved in Scotland, has been proven to prolong the life of kidney cancer patients. The drug, which works by ‘switching off’ tumours could enable many patients to live a longer life […]

New study suggests more than half of vapers have quit smoking

May 9th, 2017

A new study suggests that more than half of vapers in the UK have quit smoking. Research conducted by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) found that more than 50 percent of people using e-cigarettes in the UK have given up smoking. This is the first time figures have reached the over 50 percent benchmark. […]

Could browned toast increase your risk of developing cancer?

January 24th, 2017
Could browned toast increase your risk of developing cancer?

Most of us like our toast and roast potatoes crisp and brown, but could overcooking starchy foods increase your risk of developing cancer? New guidelines recommend cooking starchy foods, such as bread and potatoes until they are golden to reduce the risk of consuming acrylamide, a chemical, which is believed to elevate cancer risk. Acrylamide […]

New Study Reveals Gut Bacteria May Affect How Cancer Drugs Work

November 8th, 2016
New Study Reveals Gut Bacteria May Affect How Cancer Drugs Work

A new study has revealed that bacteria living in the human gut could affect the way cancer drugs work. Research conducted at the University of Texas shows that certain types of bacteria living deep inside the gut can improve the efficacy of a form of treatment known as immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is one of the most […]

Organ Donations from Cancer Patients Benefit Hundreds on Waiting Lists

August 16th, 2016

New data shows that hundreds of patients have benefited from donor organs from patients who had suffered from cancer. Statistics made available by the Press Association show that a total of 272 donors with a history of cancer donated organs over the last five years. These donations benefited more than 675 patients waiting for an […]

NHS England confirms new HPV test for cervical cancer

July 5th, 2016
NHS England confirms new HPV test for cervical cancer

NHS England has confirmed that a new HPV (human papilloma virus) test for cervical cancer will be made available following a successful pilot scheme. Under the new programme, women who are invited to attend cervical screening will be provided with an HPV test in addition to a smear test. Previously, the HPV test was only […]

Major Blood Cancer is 11 Distinct Diseases, Study Says

June 9th, 2016
Major Blood Cancer is 11 Distinct Diseases, Study Says

Detailed genetic analysis into Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) has found that it is 11 distinctive diseases, rather than just one. The study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, discovered that the reason some patients respond more positively to treatment than others could be explained by genetic differences. The researchers conducting the […]

Charities Express Concern Over Changes to Cancer Drug Fund in England

May 17th, 2016
Charities Express Concern Over Changes to Cancer Drug Fund in England

15 charities have expressed concerns at the future of approving cancer drugs in England. In an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, representatives from numerous charities stated that it would now be difficult for many drugs to be approved for use in England. Changes will affect the Cancer Drugs Fund, which is a financial pot […]

Researchers Test New Cancer Drugs Scanning Technique

April 12th, 2016
Researchers Test New Cancer Drugs Scanning Technique

Researchers in Cambridge are testing a new scanning technique that could help to determine the efficacy of drugs used to treat cancer. The hope is that the test will enable doctors to see how effectively a drug is working at an early stage. Research is currently underway at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and experts are hoping it […]

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