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An extra £6 million to help cut waiting times for endoscopies by more than 20% has been announced by the Scottish Government. It is hoped the number of people waiting for diagnostic tests will be cut by at least 2,500 by September, and 5,000 by December. There will be a…
The number of older cancer patients will rocket in the next two decades, experts have predicted. Cancer Research UK said the number of older people diagnosed with cancer each year could rise by 80% by 2035. It reported that 130,000 British people over the age of 75 currently get cancer…
A hospital has admitted liability for the death of a cancer patient who was not given the correct antibiotics. Father-of-three Simon Tulitt (pictured) was admitted to the Royal Derby Hospital for routine surgery for a cancerous growth on his bowel on May 28 2013. The 62-year-old contracted sepsis, also referred…
Some cancer patients are at significantly increased risk of suicide following their diagnosis, a new study suggests. While the risk of suicide was elevated among all people diagnosed with cancer, the new study highlighted how some cancers held significantly higher risk than others. Suicide risk was highest in the first…
Breast cancer patients are being denied "life-changing" reconstructive surgery due to rationing in the NHS, a report has said. Figures revealed nearly a quarter of local NHS commissioning groups had introduced policies to restrict reconstruction services for non-clinical reasons, the Breast Cancer Now investigation found. The charity said the policies…
A drug that reduces the chances of relapse for people with an aggressive type of leukaemia is to be made available in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) announced on Monday that doctors can use midostaurin – known by its brand name Rydapt – to treat patients with acute myeloid…
A new saliva test that can identify men at high risk of prostate cancer is undergoing pilot trials at GP practices in London. Scientists will assess whether advice or preventative treatment can reduce cases of the disease among those men who are singled out. The groundbreaking study follows research linking…
A woman should not be told that her estranged teenage child has cancer, a High Court judge has decided. Mr Justice Hayden has imposed an information ban after the youngster, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is undergoing hospital treatment, urged doctors and social workers…
Researchers have criticised the rejection of a prostate cancer drug they hailed as a "game changer". The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) said thousands of men a year could be affected by the decision not to recommend abiraterone. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said on Wednesday…
Up to 75 women may have died early following blunders in a breast screening, according to latest estimates. NHS records show as many as 174,000 women were affected by failures in the programme and 130,000 are still alive. Between 135 and 270 were feared to have had their lives cut…
Thousands of breast cancer patients may be safely spared gruelling chemotherapy following a landmark study. A trial of more than 10,000 women with the most common form of early breast cancer found the treatment was unnecessary for many after surgery. The findings will lead to a "fundamental change" in the…
Fitness trackers could help improve survival among cancer patients who fake feeling well to please their doctor, a study suggests. Apps that record the amount of time people are in bed or "up and active" give clinicians a clearer picture of the patient's health, ensuring they are given the most…
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