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Tributes have been paid from across the political spectrum to former cabinet minister Dame Tessa Jowell following her death on Saturday night, with Theresa May describing her as "inspirational". Dame Tessa, who was 70, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour in May last year, suffered a haemorrhage on…
Almost 14,000 calls have been received by a hotline established after the breast cancer screening scandal was revealed, amid Labour calls to run the phone line in-house. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was forced to defend the decision to use Serco to operate the hotline, with staff said to have received…
A UK health expert who investigated abuse at the Winterbourne care home for the disabled will lead an inquiry into the misinterpretation of cancer tests in Ireland. Dr Gabriel Scally is an eminent individual who will bring real experience to the preliminary probe into the handling of cervical smear screening,…
Women and their families caught up in the breast screening failure have demanded answers as to how hundreds of patients may have had their lives cut short. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched an independent review after he revealed a computer error dating back to 2009 meant many women aged…
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told MPs that officials are working to identify women living in Scotland that may be affected by a major breast cancer screening error. A "computer algorithm failure" dating back to 2009 has meant hundreds of thousands of women aged 68 to 71 were not invited…
Charities and leading doctors have reacted with dismay to the "concerning" news that a technical blunder meant nearly half a million women were not invited to their final breast cancer screening. Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs that a "serious failure" in the screening programme meant an…
A breast cancer screening error affecting 450,000 women may have led to hundreds of lives being cut short, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed. Mr Hunt told the Commons that a "computer algorithm failure" dating back to 2009 had meant many women aged 68 to 71 were not invited to…
British scientists have been equipped with a new warchest to fight one of cancer's most complex and lethal killers. An £18 million fund is now available to "ambitious" groups studying brain tumours in a bid to transform Britain into a world-leading research country, Cancer Research UK said on Tuesday. Dr…
Chemotherapy for one of the deadliest forms of breast cancer can be personalised and improved with genetic testing, new research suggests. Women with aggressive "triple-negative" disease fare much better on a non-standard chemotherapy drug if they have inherited BRCA gene mutations, the results show. Currently most patients with this type…
Cancer researchers in the UK are to benefit from an app which crunches data while smartphone owners sleep. The DreamLab app, developed by the Vodafone Foundation, uses the collective power of a network of phones to analyse huge amounts of information in a much shorter space of time. The technology…
Specialist cancer nurses are being "run ragged", with high vacancy rates meaning patients may not be receiving the level of specialist care they need, a report has suggested. Macmillan Cancer Support said there is a "startlingly broad variation" in the number of specialist cancer nurses in some parts of England…
A cancer patient caught up in the Windrush scandal will be granted indefinite leave to remain, Labour MP Chuka Umunna has revealed. But he described the man's treatment by the Home Office as "cruel and degrading". Albert Thompson - not his real name - was told he had to pay…
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