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Delayed waiting times for NHS Cancer Treatment

Recent report from the National Audit Office The National Audit Office published a report on 22 March “NHS waiting times for elective cancer treatment”. The report concluded that there could be a rise in negligence claims against the NHS as a result of waiting times increasing. Targets set are not...

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Reduce Your Risk: Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2018

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week: 22 – 28 January 2018 The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Reduce Your Risk’. Research shows that half a million eligible women between the ages of 25-29 did not attend their cervical screening last year. 1 in 4 women delayed because of embarrassment and over...

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NICE approves life extending drugs for cancer patients

NICE recommends life extending drugs become routinely available Drug companies Pfizer and Norvatis have agreed to reduce the price the NHS pays for their drugs Palbociclib and Ribociclib to allow them to be made routinely available to people with hormone receptor (HR) positive, HER2 negative and locally advanced or secondary...

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NICE updates Familial Breast Cancer Guidelines

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published draft recommendations updating their previous clinical guidelines for familial breast cancer. On 29 November 2016, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published draft recommendations updating their previous clinical guidelines for familial breast cancer. The guideline will...

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1 in 5 emergency cancer patients could be diagnosed earlier

A recent study published by University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has revealed that 1 in 5 patients whose bowel cancer was diagnosed during emergency admission between 2005 and 2006 could have been diagnosed up to 12 months earlier when they began to show...

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Skin cancer: improving care

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new guidelines setting out key areas for improving care for skin cancer patients. There are 2 main groups of skin cancer: malignant melanoma, which can prove fatal, and non-melanoma skin cancers, which are rarely fatal. The quality standard is...

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, raising the profile of the issues for children and young people who have been diagnosed with cancer. In the UK at least 10 children are diagnosed with the disease every day. Worldwide, every month 25,000 families are told that their child is suffering from...

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Hospitals failing to test for genetic disorder linked to bowel cancer

31% of Hospitals in England, and 71% in Wales, are failing to test for a genetic disease in bowel cancer patients, in breach of guidelines. Since 2014, bowel cancer patients should be tested for Lynch syndrome, a genetic disorder that places those with it at significantly increased risk of developing...

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Survival rates improve for cancer but quality of life can be challenging

A new report from Macmillan Cancer Support (Cancer Then and Now) sets out the vast improvement that there has been in survival rates for cancer but 1 in 4 survivors suffer life-long side effects of the treatments they received for the disease. Survival rate changes The report says that more...

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Major development in treatment for bowel cancer

Last week, the American Society of Clinical Oncology held it’s annual conference in Chicago (thought to be the world’s largest cancer conference) where British researchers presented on potentially life changing treatment for bowel cancer patients. The “CREST” trial has been looking into the use of stents to reduce the risk...

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