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One in five ovarian cancer patients diagnosed too late to get treatment, new data reveals

One in five ovarian cancer patients diagnosed too late to get treatment, new data reveals. Such delays include women not recognising the symptoms, gaps in GP knowledge and delays in getting the right diagnostic tests. Around 20% of women in England are too ill to treat by the time they receive their ovarian cancer diagnosis One in five women in England is too ill to treat by the time they receive their ovarian cancer diagnosis, according to new data. Delays in diagnosis are [...]

New pancreatic cancer test could increase survival rates to 60%

New pancreatic cancer test could increase survival rates to 60%. More than 85% of patients are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when it's too late for surgery. The non-invasive test could be a huge breakthrough The world's first urine test which detects early stage pancreatic cancer could increase longer-term survival rates from 5% to 60% if successfully rolled out, the professor who developed it says. The simple test, developed by Professor Tatjana Crnogorac-Jurcevic of Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, has reached [...]

Children being denied new cancer drugs

Children being denied new cancer drugs. GETTY IMAGES Children with cancer are being denied new, highly precise drugs that are available to adults, doctors warn. Medics at the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research said the rules were "too cautious". Their study, in the European Journal of Cancer, found just 7% of suitable children were getting drugs that target genetic weak spots in their cancer. The researchers said children may benefit from precision medicines even more than adults. What is precision medicine? Cancers [...]

Smoking may limit body’s ability to fight dangerous form of skin cancer

Smoking may limit body's ability to fight dangerous form of skin cancer. Melanoma patients with a history of smoking cigarettes are 40 per cent less likely to survive their skin cancer than people who have never smoked, according to a new report funded by Cancer Research UK. The study of more than 700 melanoma patients mainly from the north of England—and published today in Cancer Research - provides evidence to suggest that smoking may blight the immune response against melanoma and reduce survival. These new findings [...]

‘Why me? I had ovarian cancer at 14’

'Why me? I had ovarian cancer at 14'. When 14-year-old Kelliyah started experiencing severe abdominal pain, she initially blamed it on one too many fizzy drinks and a lack of exercise. She lived with the persistent symptoms for weeks before going to hospital. But once she did, doctors found a tumour the size of a pumpkin and, within 24 hours, Kelliyah was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Doctors found a tumour weighing more than 5kg. What is ovarian cancer? One of the most common types [...]