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Doctors warn over cancer op cancellations amid NHS “pressure”

Senior doctors say they are concerned about the number of cancer patients having their operations cancelled amid “tremendous pressure” facing the NHS in England this winter. Ian Eardley, from the Royal College of Surgeons, said a shortage of beds was one of the causes. Such surgery is usually protected under treatment time guidelines, he added. […]

Prostate cancer laser treatment truly transformative

Surgeons have described a new treatment for early stage prostate cancer as “truly transformative”. The approach, tested across Europe, uses lasers and a drug made from deep sea bacteria to eliminate tumours, but without causing severe side effects. Trials on 413 men – published in The Lancet Oncology – showed nearly half of them had […]

Suicide gene therapy kills prostate cancer cells

A new gene therapy technique is able to modify prostate cancer cells so that a patient’s body attacks and kills them, US scientists have discovered. The technique causes the tumour cells in the body to self destruct, giving it the name ‘suicide gene therapy’. Their research found a 20% improvement in survival in patients with […]

UK pays less for cancer drugs than some countries

The UK is paying less for new cancer drugs than a number of other high income countries, according to a report in The Lancet Oncology. While the UK, Greece, Spain and Portugal pay the least, on average, for the drugs they use, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland pay the most. The authors said more transparency was […]

Healthier lifestyles could cut cancer cases by a third

About a third of cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if people ate healthily, exercised more and cut down on alcohol according to new research. Exercise is an important way of keeping fit and cutting body fat, which is linked to the risk of developing cancer. Data from the World Cancer Research Fund […]

Good News on World Cancer Day

The cancer death rate for men fell by 12% and for women 8% between 2003 and 2013. In 2013, 284 out of every 100,000 people died from cancer. In 2003, it was 312. Improvements in diagnosis and treatment are thought to be the reason. The death rate for men fell 12% and for women by […]

Target of four week cancer diagnosis plan

More details of plans to improve cancer care in England have been revealed. They include a target that 95% of people should be given a diagnosis or the all-clear within 28 days of being referred by a GP, by 2020. Implementing it will cost £300 million a year until then. The target – recommended by […]

Female lung cancer cases top 20,000

Cases of lung cancer in women have reached 20,000 a year in the UK for the first time since records began. The figure for 2012 represents a rise from 14,000 in 1993, according to the data compiled by Cancer Research UK. It means the rate of lung cancer in the female population has risen by […]

New cancer strategy could save thousands of lives

About 5,000 lives could be saved each year in England if GPs follow new guidelines on cancer diagnosis. The health watchdog NICE say that a new approach is necessary to tackle England’s lagging cancer survival rates. The guidelines suggest all GPs order certain tests directly, side-stepping referrals to specialists first, to speed up access to […]

Prostate cancer gene targeted by drugs

Scientists have published a comprehensive genetic map of advanced prostate cancer. The study, published in the journal Cell, shows that nearly nine in 10 men had gene mutations that could be targeted with drugs. The study was led in the UK by scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) London in collaboration with several […]