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How the NHS’s long term plan will try to eradicate childhood cancer

How the NHS's long term plan will try to eradicate childhood cancer. From this year, all children with cancer will have their entire genomes sequenced as part of the NHS's ambitious plan to save half a million lives over the next decade. Christopher Furlong / Staff / Getty Images Cancer is the biggest killer of children in the UK. The disease accounts for one in five deaths of one to 15 year olds, but the NHS hopes to tackle the problem by [...]

Sponge offers hope of ‘less toxic’ chemotherapy

Sponge offers hope of 'less toxic' chemotherapy. GETTY IMAGES Chemotherapy is a treatment for cancer that saves lives but it can also lead to severe side-effects Scientists believe they may have found a way to make cancer chemotherapy treatment less toxic to the body. They have begun testing a tiny sponge that sits inside a vein and removes excess chemo drugs from the blood once they have attacked the target tumour. Experts say the early work, in the journal ACS Central Science, offers hope of [...]

Leicester Royal Infirmary: 13 ‘harmed’ by surgeons

Leicester Royal Infirmary: 13 'harmed' by surgeons. RICHARD VERNALLS/PA WIRE The hospital has contacted 101 people who had surgery in that seven-year period An NHS Trust has apologised after 13 cancer patients suffered physical harm following reconstructive surgery. Leicester Royal Infirmary's maxillofacial surgery service helped people following head and neck cancer. Patients who used the service between 2009 and 2016 have since had problems eating, swallowing and talking. The service was suspended in November 2016 following a visit from the Royal College of Surgeons, after dental [...]

Consistency pledge after NHS Tayside lower dose chemotherapy probe

Consistency pledge after NHS Tayside lower dose chemotherapy probe GETTY IMAGES More consistent treatment for cancer patients has been promised after a probe into why patients in Tayside were given lower doses of chemotheraphy. An advisory group was set up after it emerged NHS Tayside lowered dosages to 304 patients, 14 of whom later died, in order to reduce side effects. It recommends patients be "explicitly informed" of any variance from generally accepted practice. The Scottish government said it accepted the 19 recommendations. The Immediate [...]

Cancer patients with mental health problems less likely to survive, study suggests

Cancer patients with mental health problems less likely to survive, study suggests The study looked at more than 675,000 patients with the most common forms of cancer CREDIT:REUTERS Cancer patients who have suffered mental health problems are less likely to survive the disease, according to new research. A study found that those who had received emergency psychiatric help prior to their cancer diagnosis were up to three quarters more likely to die. The scientists at the University of Toronto who conducted the research believe the stress endured by people [...]