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A simple bedside chart can help reduce pain among cancer patients, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh worked with doctors to develop the Edinburgh Pain Assessment and management Tool (EPAT) - a pen and paper chart which medical staff used to regularly record pain levels in…
Nearly 40% of all cancers diagnosed in the UK every year could be avoided through lifestyle changes, according to new research. Smoking is the biggest avoidable cause of cancer, followed by excess weight, overexposure to UV radiation from the sun and sunbeds, drinking alcohol, eating too little fibre, and outdoor…
Scientists have linked more than 100 genes to an increased risk of breast cancer - paving the way for more personalised treatments, a study has said. A team at The Institute of Cancer Research in London identified a "treasure trove" of specific genes involved in raising a woman's risk of…
Routine tests for prostate cancer do not save lives and have the potential to do more harm than good, a study has suggested. More than 400,000 men were involved in the trial which looked at the efficacy of prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests - which are available on request for…
The financial cost of having cancer is greater than the cost of having a child, according to research conducted by a charity. Macmillan Cancer Support said most patients are £570 worse off each month due to a combination of being too ill to work and additional outgoings such as paying…
Two thirds of pancreatic cancer patients are being told that there is no way of treating their cancer after they receive a diagnosis, a charity has warned. Analysis by the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK found that only 34% of people with pancreatic cancer will receive some kind of surgery, chemotherapy…
Women face "unacceptable differences" in breast cancer care across England, a new report has concluded. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Breast Cancer said women face a postcode lottery in the care they receive across the country. Some women are being diagnosed at an earlier stage of their breast…
Longer GP appointments and continuity of care could play a key role in the prevention and early detection of cancer, according to the organisation representing family doctors. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said 10 minute consultations are often “unfit for purpose”. The RCGP was one of a number…
Prostate cancer has overtaken breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, new research shows. Prostate Cancer UK said the number of men dying from prostate cancer every year has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, with 11,819 men now dying from prostate…
A "life-changing" drug for breast cancer patients has been given the final go-ahead for routine NHS use in England. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) issued its final decision recommending Perjeta, also known as pertuzumab, for some women with breast cancer. The drug previously had to be…
Former Labour cabinet minister Dame Tessa Jowell was given a standing ovation after making an emotional plea for more cancer treatments to be made available through the NHS. The Labour peer, who has brain cancer, called for more opportunities for "adaptive trials" in which patients can undergo different treatments, and…
Some breast cancer patients could be offered hormone therapy for a decade under new NHS guidelines. And all women who have a mastectomy due to breast cancer should be offered immediate breast reconstruction, under draft National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines. Meanwhile, some women should be offered bisphosphonates…
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