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Emojis could be used to live monitor the progress of cancer patients, according to new research. Positive and negative reactions, recorded using an app on Apple Watches and iPhones, could be used by doctors to see if patients need help in between appointments, a clinician has said. The feedback would…
Up to 850 women in England and Wales could benefit from a targeted pill that treats ovarian cancer after it was approved for use on the NHS through the Cancer Drugs Fund. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said niraparib will be made available to adults with…
A new blood test which scientists say is able to detect certain types of cancer several years before a person falls ill has been hailed as a breakthrough. A trial of around 1,600 people found the non-invasive procedure to identify DNA markers works with up to 90% accuracy, the authors…
A new pink tartan created to raise funds for cancer research has been modelled by the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon was presented with a Friends of Cancer Research UK scarf, designed by fundraiser Elaine Monro and created by Lochcarron of Scotland. Profits from the sale of a range of products…
Tessa Jowell's battle to improve care for cancer patients in her final days as she was dying from a brain tumour is to be shown on television. Behind the scenes footage recorded in April and early May with the former culture secretary, a driving force behind the 2012 Olympics, will…
A grandmother's "painful death" from cancer could have been avoided, the health ombudsman has said. Pamela North, from Dagenham in Essex, died after a hospital's nine-month delay to diagnose her bladder cancer, according to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The Ombudsman concluded that with prompt and proper investigations, Mrs…
An over-sterile germ-free environment in the first year of life is one of the major causal factors behind childhood leukaemia, a controversial study suggests. Coupled with unlucky genetics, it can leave a child vulnerable to common infections such as flu triggering the disease, says a leading expert. Professor Mel Greaves,…
Artificial intelligence will be used to help stop 22,000 cancer deaths a year by 2033, Theresa May will say in a speech setting out how science can transform health. Medical records, along with information about patients' habits and genetics, will be cross-referenced with national data to spot those at an…
The Government is "losing control of cancer care", with waiting times for treatment soaring over the past eight years, Labour has said. Research carried out by the party found that one patient waited 541 days for treatment following a GP referral in 2017 - against a target of 62 days.…
Prue Leith has shared her backing for assisted dying after watching her own brother endure a "very painful, miserable death". The Great British Bake Off judge has revealed she is supporting Guernsey's step towards legalising assisted dying when its parliament debates whether to allow terminally ill people to end their…
The chief executive of the Breast Cancer Care charity has called for a free hotline which helped thousands of women after the recent screening scandal to be saved from cutbacks. Samia al Qadhi said the charity had been "devastated" after having to cut its helpline's opening hours earlier this year…
A boost for brain cancer research has been announced following the death of Dame Tessa Jowell. The Government investment comes after the late Labour Cabinet minister, who died on Saturday, campaigned for more resources to help combat the disease. The move sees a Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Research Mission doubled…
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