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Breast cancer drug rejected for NHS use on cost-benefit grounds

Charities angered by guidance on Kadcyla, which costs £90,000 per year per patient and gives extra nine months on average

A breast cancer drug that costs £90,000 a year per patient has been turned down for use by the NHS on financial grounds, triggering an outcry from patients groups who say it prolongs the lives of people seriously ill with the disease.

Kadcyla, made by Roche Pharmaceuticals, was rejected by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. It has the highest price tag ever for a cancer medicine and was turned down because its benefits did not justify its cost, Nice said.

Prof Carole Longson, director of the centre for health technology evaluation at Nice, said: “We know that people with cancer place great importance on drugs that can increase their life expectancy. For that reason we apply as much flexibility as we can when we look at new life-extending treatments.

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Heartache as mother-of-three, 31, dies just weeks after being refused funding for a cancer drug because her disease wasn’t ‘exceptional enough’

  • Sarah Summers was diagnosed with breast cancer in May last year 
  • She underwent 18 weeks of chemotherapy and had began to recover 
  • However, in April doctors revealed it had returned and spread to her lungs
  • Experts advised her to seek funding for Kadcyla – a life-extending drug
  • But her local health board rejected her appeal and she died weeks later

A mother-of-three has died just weeks after being told her cancer wasn’t ‘exceptional enough’ for a life-prolonging drug.

Sarah Summers, 31, was diagnosed with breast cancer in May last year after finding a lump. She underwent 18 weeks of chemotherapy and had began to recover – but was told at the start of this year that she had a genetic mutation leaving her at high risk of further tumours.

In April, doctors confirmed the worst and revealed her cancer had returned and had even spread to her lungs. Experts advised her to seek funding for a drug called Kadcyla but her local health board rejected her appeal. Her health continued to deteriorate and she developed fluid on her lungs and pneumonia before losing her battle at the start of September.

Her husband Michael Poole, 31, from Treherbert in the Rhondda, said: ‘We were lost for words. Sarah’s oncologist herself could not understand how she was not judged to be clinically exceptional.

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Sarah Summers, 31, from Treherbert in the Rhondda, died just weeks after being denied funding for a life-saving breast cancer drug due to not being ‘exceptional enough’

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Cancer overtakes heart disease as No1 cause of death: Statins, healthier lifestyles and better treatment help cardiovascular deaths to plummet

  • Cancer overtakes cardiovascular disease as biggest killer for first time
  • People less likely to have heart issues and if they do more likely to survive
  • But cancer rates are gradually increasing as people live longer lives 

Cancer rates, meanwhile, are gradually increasing as people live longer and access to expensive new drugs are failing to keep up with demand. Researchers last night revealed that deaths from the disease had overtaken heart deaths among women in 2014 – the most recent data available – as it did for men in 2011. It means that for the first time cancer is the number one cause of death for the population as a whole.

Study leader Dr Nick Townsend said: ‘Fewer people are having a cardiovascular event and more are surviving them.  ‘We are seeing reductions in the causes of cardiovascular disease, with dramatic decreases in smoking rates in particular.’

There have also been big improvements in treatments, he said, with specialised heart units and use of stents in hospitals meaning people who do have heart attacks and strokes are more likely to survive. Dr Townsend, whose work is published in the European Heart Journal, said lifestyle factors – drinking, smoking, diet and exercise – have an impact on roughly 85 per cent of cases of cardiovascular disease. For cancer, lifestyle is responsible for between 40 and 50 per cent of cases, with the remainder caused by genetics and other factors.

This means that the improvements in lifestyle seen over the past 50 years in Britain have had a much bigger impact on heart disease than on cancer.

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Thousands of cancer sufferers surviving decades after diagnosis. Macmillan researchers say

More than 170,000 people diagnosed in the 70s and 80s are still alive in what Macmillan researchers say is an ‘extraordinary’ number

People are twice as likely to live at least 10 years after being diagnosed with cancer than they were at the start of the 1970s, new research shows. More than 170,000 people in the UK who were diagnosed in the 1970s and 1980s are still alive – an “extraordinary” number, Macmillan Cancer Support said in its report Cancer: Then and Now.

The increase in long-term cancer survivors is due to more sophisticated treatment combined with an ageing population, the charity said, acknowledging that there was still a huge variation in survival rates according to cancer type. But it warned the consequences were increasing demand on the NHS, with more people living for longer, with long-term side-effects.

The Macmillan chief executive, Lynda Thomas, said: “More and more people are being diagnosed with cancer and, in general, having a more sophisticated life with their cancer than perhaps they would have done. What we are now seeing is that lot of people are coming in and out of treatment, so all of that does put pressure on the NHS.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/aug/01/long-term-cancer-suvivors-nhs-macmillan-cancer-support-report

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The number of people living with cancer in the UK is set to grow from 2.5 million to 4 million by 2030. Photograph: Alamy

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The dawn of a new era for cancer survival: Tailored treatment made ‘inoperable’ liver cancer vanish – giving new hope to patients

The dawn of a new era for cancer survival: Tailored treatment made ‘inoperable’ liver cancer vanish – giving new hope to patients

  • Molecular profiling helps doctors identify drugs to beat individual tumours
  • One patient was given new hope after inoperable liver cancer diagnosis
  • The approach has been hailed as the dawn of a new era for cancer survival

It was hailed as the dawn of a new era for cancer survival – ‘personalised medicine’ that helps doctors identify the drugs most likely to beat individual tumours. Now one of the first patients to benefit from such an approach, known as molecular profiling, has revealed how the breakthrough has given him new hope after he was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer.

The procedure, details of which were announced last week, allows doctors to analyse tumour samples to determine a unique set of biomarkers – a chemical ‘fingerprint’ of that cancer. Profiling of the tumour sample, taken during a standard biopsy, can provide information about the cancer after just one or two weeks of analysis.

This can then be used to precisely match the patient’s treatment to their particular cancer, allowing scientists to offer a bespoke treatment and reducing the use of drugs that often have brutal side effects and could be of little benefit.

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Molecular profiling gave new hope to retired company director Spartaco Dusi, 76, (pictured with his wife Giulana), after he was diagnosed with liver cancer in February at a hospital near his home in Sweden

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Bowel cancer: Stents ‘may prevent need for colostomy bags’

Bowel cancer patients may avoid the need for colostomy bags if they are first treated by having an expandable tube inserted at the site of their blockage, cancer doctors have said.

The new approach, presented at the world’s biggest cancer conference, showed that the tube, or stent, cut the risk of complications from surgery.

Experts said colostomy bags, to collect faeces, often frightened patients. Globally, nearly 1.4 million cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed each year.

In the UK, more than a fifth of the cancers go undetected until the tumour blocks the intestines, leaving patients needing emergency surgery. This unplanned surgery has a much higher risk of complications compared with routine surgery. The patient is often in worse health, the swelling caused by the blockage can mean keyhole surgery is not possible so more invasive surgery is needed and there may not be a colorectal specialist surgeon on hand.

The death rate goes up from 2% for planned surgery to 12% in emergency bowel cancer surgery.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36426598

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Millions Will Discover the TRUTH About Cancer — The Little-Known Best Ways to Prevent and Beat It You Aren’t Being Told About — Starting April 12. Don’t Be Left Out of This Life-Saving Event…

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Mum with breast cancer urges women to trust their instincts – Doctors told her not to worry

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JUST eight short months ago, she couldn’t have been happier as she became a mum for the second time.

But by the end of last year, Kirsten Chisholm’s mood had turned after she discovered a lump on her breast. It was painless and doctors told her not to worry – but as a trained medic herself, the 28-year-old nurse knew deep down that something was wrong. Given that breast cancer is uncommon in her age group, she had to wait almost three months to see a specialist.

That meant it was March before she was given the devastating diagnosis, not only confirming her worst fears but revealing that the disease had already spread to her lymph nodes. Kirsten, who works at the Sick Kids, is now preparing to undergo a mastectomy and faces gruelling treatment.

And today she warned other young women who recognise her story to follow their instinct if they feel something isn’t right

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http://www.scotsman.com/news/mum-with-breast-cancer-urges-women-to-trust-their-instincts-1-4089771?

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Jo Taylor – abc After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – Speaks on BBC North West

Researchers in Manchester have discovered a new way of treating a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer, which in some cases has seen tumours disappear in just 11 days.

Jo Taylor is interviewed by BBC North West at a Cancer conference in Trafford, she is currently about to go through her 3rd round of chemotherapy. She is also the founder of the website: abc After Breast Cancer Diagnosis   http://www.abcdiagnosis.co.uk/  bringing an awareness and support to breast cancer sufferers providing news and information from the UK and around the world

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Jo Taylor

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Breast Cancer Trial Kills Tumours In 11 Days

Using Herceptin together with another powerful breast cancer drug before surgery could shrink or destroy tumours in just 11 days, a study has found.

Around a quarter of women given a combined treatment of drugs in a clinical study saw their tumours shrink or disappear. Some patients may be spared chemotherapy if they are given a combination of the drugs Tyverb (lapatinib) and Herceptin (trastuzumab) immediately after diagnosis, according to the research by a team of British doctors.

The medics, who presented their study to experts at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Amsterdam, said their findings had “groundbreaking potential”. Some 257 women with an aggressive form of cancer – HER2 – were involved in the clinical trial and either received no treatment, one of the drugs or a combination of them.

Around a quarter of the women on the combined treatment saw their tumours shrink or disappear.

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http://news.sky.com/story/1657858/breast-cancer-trial-kills-tumours-in-11-days?

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‘I wouldn’t wish it on anyone’: Heartbroken daughter to sue hospital after dad given wrong cancer diagnosis

A heartbroken daughter is planning to sue hospital bosses after medics diagnosed her dad with terminal lung cancer – but then wrongly changed their minds.

Doctors left Roger Taylor in a discharge area of North Manchester General Hospital for 15 hours after ordering the wrong ambulance, the Manchester Evening News reports. He died less than 24 hours after arriving home.

Mr Taylor’s daughter Elizabeth is now suing Pennine Acute NHS Trust, claiming he died prematurely due to its actions. Mr Taylor, from Bury , fell ill last May just a few weeks after his wife Janet – who he had cared for – lost her own battle with cancer. At the start of June, the hospital told him he had very advanced lung cancer, which had spread. It was decided he would not have chemotherapy, as it would prolong his life by only a few months. Two weeks later, on June 25, the hospital rang to say it was not lung cancer after all, but lymphoma – a disease that could be treated. Mr Taylor’s family cancelled what was going to be his last holiday, at a cost of £1,000, and prepared for treatment at the Christie.

At that point, his family made a formal complaint. But just a week later the hospital changed its mind again – and said he did have incurable lung cancer after all. He was admitted to the hospital a fortnight later for a separate health issue, a visit he made alone in the belief it would only take a couple of hours. But when the decision was taken to discharge him, the nurse did not order him a palliative ambulance – so transport provider Arriva did not pick up the request until the following morning. After 15 hours waiting, he arrived home and died 21 hours later.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/i-wouldnt-wish-anyone-heartbroken-7284108?

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Diagnosis: Roger Taylor, seen here with his wife Janet

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10 symptoms of cancer you could be missing

A lump in the breast, sudden weight loss and blood in the stools. We think we know the signs of cancer. Except we don’t – and now experts are encouraging people to be more aware of less-known symptoms that could signal early disease and report them to their GPs. Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine shows England has some of the poorest survival rates in the Western world for common cancers such as colon, breast, lung, ovarian and stomach. In the UK, one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and the disease is responsible for a quarter of all deaths. According to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence(Nice), about 5,000 lives a year could be saved by making earlier diagnoses.

But what are we looking for? “A lot of the early symptoms of cancer will be vague and non-specific,” says Peter Johnson, professor of medical oncology at Southampton University and lead clinician for Cancer Research UK. “It’s these that people need to be aware of and report to their doctors. But we’re not good at paying attention to our own bodies, to what’s normal for us, so we ignore minor symptoms which occasionally can be caused by early cancer.”

The good news is that most cancers are curable if caught in the early stages, says Dr David Bloomfield, clinical oncologist at the Sussex Cancer Centre, Royal Sussex County Hospital, and medical director for the Royal College of Radiologists. “Be aware of the red flags [see box below], but if something else is unexplained and unusual for you and doesn’t get better in a couple of weeks, get it checked out,” he says.

Together we have worked with Cancer Research UK and Britain’s leading oncologists to come up with a list of vague symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored.

Click on the ink to read the 10 symptoms

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wellbeing/health-advice/10-symptoms-of-cancer-you-could-be-missing/?

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Prostate cancer could be ‘transformed from killer disease to chronic illness’ for thousands of men after NHS give green light to promising drug

  • Experts say men who took the drug had 29% better chance of survival
  • Trials found drug delayed need for chemotherapy by average of 17 months 
  • Drug costs £2,734 a month and had previously been refused by NICE

Thousands of men are to benefit from a prostate cancer drug which delays the need for gruelling chemotherapy. Officials at NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – have reversed their previous decision and recommended that enzalutamide be funded on the NHS. An estimated 5,500 men in England and Wales each year are expected to benefit from use of the drug, which slashes the risk of prostate cancer progressing. Clinical trials have shown that the treatment delays the need for chemotherapy by an average 17 months, substantially increasing quality of life for patients.

Men who took the drug at this stage also had a 29 per cent better overall chance of survival. Doctors say the treatment, which was developed by British scientists, has the potential to transform prostate cancer from a killer disease unto a chronic illness. Enzalutamide is already available if chemotherapy has failed – but cancer charities have repeatedly insisted that the drug, which is also called Xtandi, will benefit even more men if it is used before chemotherapy. Yet officials at NICE published a draft decision in June indicating it would not be approved for routine use before chemotherapy.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3356254/Prostate-cancer-transformed-killer-disease-chronic-illness-thousands-men-NHS-green-light-promising-drug.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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The drug was found to delay the need for chemotherapy in patients for an average 17 months, increasing the quality of life for patients. (The prostate is pictured, orange, below the bladder)

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Cancer Plan: From Doctor To Diagnosis In 28 Days – The Independent Cancer Taskforce says the initiative, which is being trialled in five hospitals, could save 11,000 lives a year.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants patients to be given a definitive diagnosis or the “all clear” within 28 days of a GP referral. The target, which will be introduced from 2020, could help save up to 11,000 lives a year, according to the Independent Cancer Taskforce.

Five hospitals across the UK will pilot the programme before it is rolled out nationally. If the target is met Britain would become one of the first countries in the world to adhere to such a timetable.

Some £300m will be invested to help pay for the training of an additional 200 staff to carry out endoscopies. This will be alongside an extra 250 gastroenterologists the NHS had already committed to train.

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http://news.sky.com/story/1551539/cancer-plan-from-doctor-to-diagnosis-in-28-days?

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‘Doctor told me I was dying – he was wrong’ Cancer patient claims she was mistakenly told she had just six months to live and to go and plan her funeral by a doctor

Margaret Lowbridge, 74, of Oldbury, says she was told by Professor David Ferry, her consultant at Dudley’s Russells Hall Hospital, to go home and arrange palliative care. She says she only learned of the error when she was sent a letter asking her to attend a follow-up appointment 18 months later.

Mrs Lowbridge has now developed lung cancer, which she believes may be because she was advised not to undergo any more treatment, causing her existing cancer to spread. She was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2009 and underwent surgery. She was left with a colostomy bag and had chemotherapy. The treatment seemed to have been a success until June 2013, when a regular check-up showed a lump.

Mrs Lowbridge said she was referred back to Professor Ferry who offered her chemotherapy but the treatment caused a deep tissue infection and was withdrawn. She says she was then told no further treatment could be offered and she should contact a Macmillan nurse in relation to palliative care. She said she was also told she would not be alive in six months and should arrange her funeral.

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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/09/07/doctor-told-me-i-was-dying-he-was-wrong/

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Margaret Lowbridge

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Life-extending cancer drugs to be axed by NHS

NHS England de-lists costly Kadcyla drug, among 16 others, in wake of ‘overspent’ Cancer Drugs Fund

New and costly cancer drugs developed to extend the lives of patients are expected to be axed on Friday from an NHS list. Among the drugs NHS England is expected to “de-list” from the Cancer Drugs Fund is Kadcyla, which holds the record as the most expensive cancer drug brought to market, costing £90,000 annually per patient.

Kadcyla, made by Roche, was rejected from general NHS use by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), the body that assesses new medicines for their cost-effectiveness.

Nice agreed the drug was effective for women whose advanced breast cancer no longer responded to Herceptin, but its chief executive, Sir Andrew Dillon, was outspoken about the “unacceptable” price tag. “We had hoped that Roche would have recognised the challenge the NHS faces in managing the adoption of expensive new treatments by reducing the cost of Kadcyla to the NHS,” Dillon said in April 2014.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/03/life-extending-cancer-drugs-to-be-axed-by-nhs

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They Made Me Feel Like a Paranoid Parent – But My Son Had Cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

In September 2013 my two-year-old son Luke complained that it hurt when he peed. I took him to our GP and they said it was probably thrush or an infection and he was given antibiotics. After he peed out a lump I went back, but there wasn’t enough to test, and the GP didn’t think it was serious enough to refer him on at that point.

The pain went away, but it came back a month later, and our GP referred him to a consultant. But the appointment was four whole weeks away, which seemed like an eternity, and things got worse. It got to the point to where he couldn’t empty his bladder, and was straining until he was red in the face, veins popping out of his neck and screaming in agony on and off all day and all night. Me and my partner Tim were at our wits end and ended up going to A&E a number of times to try and get help for Luke sooner.

 But at A&E the doctors we saw seemed really dismissive and acted like we were wasting their time. They thought it was constipation and they questioned his diet. Then they said it was a urine infection, and gave us more antibiotics. I didn’t feel listened to.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jess-lusher/they-made-me-feel-paranoid-but-son-had-cancer_b_8064250.html?

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Thousands of breast cancer patients have debilitating surgery ‘needlessly’ for early form of tumours which won’t harm them

  • Thousands of women are diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
  • Around 80 per cent elect for surgery which can involve removal of breasts
  • But new research reveals doctors were ‘over-enthusiastic’ with operations
  • The risk of someone dying from DCIS is broadly same as a healthy woman

Thousands of women are having needless surgery for breast tumours which won’t harm them, researchers have warned.

Debilitating and distressing operations do not improve survival chances for patients with a common form of early breast cancer, a study found. Furthermore, patients with this type of the illness – considered a precursor to a more serious form – are no more likely to die than the general population. The Canadian research involving 108,100 women has prompted experts to warn doctors can be ‘over-enthusiastic’ with surgery.

In the UK, around 4,600 women a year are diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), whereby cells inside some of the milk ducts turn cancerous. About 80 per cent elect to have surgery, which involves either removal of the lump and surrounding tissue or one or both breasts in their entirety. But in the wake of the new research, Dr Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society, said it was clear treatment had been excessive.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3205431/Thousands-breast-cancer-patients-debilitating-surgery-needlessly-early-form-tumours-won-t-harm-them.html

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NHS England must act as patients miss out on cancer drug tests

It’s a wonder of modern science that, for at least some types of cancer, doctors are now able to exploit the unique genetic faults in a person’s tumour to treat their disease with precision drugs. These ‘targeted medicines’ are part of a new generation of cancer treatments that are revolutionising the way some patients are treated. Several of these types of drugs are already available on the NHS; more are on the way.

But not every patient’s tumour contains these faults. So to find out who could benefit from targeted drugs, patients need to be offered tests, known as ‘molecular’ diagnostic tests. But there’s a problem. These tests aren’t being offered to all patients equally across the NHS in England.

We’ve blogged before about this problem, and how we want the Government and NHS England to act.

But today, further highlighting the sad state of affairs, we’ve published a new report showing the extent of the problem in the NHS in England. The findings are stark: thousands of patients are missing out on tests entirely, some of whom may have gone on to receive a targeted medicine that could have helped them.

This is a long standing issue that needs to be rectified urgently. The recent cancer strategy recognises this, and recommends that NHS England “transform access” to these tests.

So what is the situation and what needs to be done?

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http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2015/08/20/nhs-england-must-act-as-patients-miss-out-on-cancer-drug-tests/?

Download the report here  Molecular Diagnostic Provision in England

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NHS trials for cancer sniffer dogs

The NHS has given the go-ahead for trials involving specially trained dogs capable of sniffing out prostate cancer.

The charity Medical Detection Dogs has gained approval from Milton Keynes University Hospital for further trials, after an initial study showed specially trained dogs can detect prostate tumours in urine in 93% of cases.

It is hoped canine testing could help show up inaccuracies in the traditional Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test, used to determine if men need a biopsy. The test has a high “false positive” rate, and many men are unnecessarily referred for the invasive procedure. Iqbal Anjum, a consultant urologist at the hospital, said the study was “an extremely exciting prospect”.

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https://www.onmedica.com/newsarticle.aspx?id=a0e08c76-a170-40fb-bf2e-9c104b14f5da

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New era in war on cancer is delayed…. by NHS red tape: Groundbreaking treatment that could extend lives of thousands won’t be available for a year

A new era in the war on cancer is being delayed by NHS red tape, experts have warned.

Nivolumab – a groundbreaking lung cancer drug that could extend the lives of thousands – is being launched in the UK for the first time today. But NHS patients will be denied access to the drug for at least a year – and potentially far longer – as bureaucrats decide how to pay for it. Experts last night called for a complete overhaul to the way cancer drugs are funded on the NHS, claiming poor access to cutting-edge treatments is one reason why the UK’s cancer survival rates lag behind other nations.

Professor Paul Workman, chief executive of the Institute of Cancer Research,said: ‘The system is at breaking point. This will only get worse as fantastic cancer research science offers increasing opportunities for highly innovative and effective new drugs.  ‘Having these individual battles on each drug is wasting a huge amount of everyone’s time.’

There are 44,000 new cases of lung cancer in Britain each year, making it the country’s second-most common cancer – but survival rates in England are way behind those of Norway, Australia, Sweden and Canada. Nivolumab is licensed for an advanced form of the disease called non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer, which affects a third of all lung cancer patients.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3187433/New-era-war-cancer-delayed-NHS-red-tape-Groundbreaking-treatment-extend-lives-thousands-won-t-available-year.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Thousands of breast cancer deaths could be prevented by drug that prevent bone thinning

  • 50,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed by doctors each year
  • Scientists find bone thinning drugs could prevent 1,300 deaths a year
  • The 5p pill slashes risk of cancer spreading to bone by 28 per cent
  •  Also, reduces the likelihood of the disease returning by 14 per cent 

Pills costing just 5p a day could save the lives of thousands of breast cancer sufferers, according to research. Drugs used to prevent bone thinning slash the risk of dying from tumours by 20 per cent, researchers found.  They say that if the pills – called bisphosphonates – were routinely given to women with breast cancer they would prevent 1,300 deaths a year and ‘several thousands’ within a decade. But campaigners say there is a danger the drugs will remain ‘sitting on the shelf’ in chemists because NHS red tape prevents doctors from routinely prescribing them for breast cancer.

Bisphosphonates are currently only ‘licensed’ – passed as safe – to be used for osteoporosis and for some women whose cancer has weakened the bone. Campaigners are urging the Government and the NHS to change the guidelines to enable doctors to routinely offer them to all women diagnosed with breast cancer after the menopause.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3172766/Red-tape-deny-breast-cancer-victims-5p-day-pill.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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‘Bogus’ breast cancer heat scans are putting lives at risk because they claim to be more effective than mammograms, says MP

Private health clinics are putting women’s lives at risk with a ‘bogus’ breast cancer test they claim to be more accurate than NHS mammograms, a leading MP has warned.

Dozens of ‘alternative’ clinics offer women heat scans to detect breast cancer, suggesting to clients that the radiation-free tests are safer than standard mammography. The thermal imaging technique works on the theory that tumours – even tiny ones – show up as ‘hot spots’. But Dr Sarah Wollaston, a trained GP and chairman of the House of Commons Health Select Committee, says they are giving women ‘false reassurance that they are clear of breast cancer’. The Tory MP says there is ‘no credible evidence’ that the thermography tests accurately spot cancer, and accuses clinics of making ‘deliberately misleading’ claims they are a safe alternative to mammography.

An investigation by The Mail on Sunday has found clinics are:

  • Cherry-picking academic studies that back thermal imaging – while exaggerating the shortfalls of mammography;
  • Misleading patients by quoting accuracy rates of up to 97 per cent – when an objective scientific review found accuracy is far lower;
  • Over-playing fears about the radiation dangers of mammograms – when the risk of the procedure triggering cancer is tiny.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3157733/Bogus-breast-cancer-heat-scans-putting-lives-risk-claim-effective-mammograms-says-MP.html

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Drug could help slow half of breast cancers, study suggests

A cheap and safe drug could help half of women with breast cancer to live longer, scientists suggest.

Their study, published in Nature, is in its early stages, but hints that the hormone progesterone could be used to slow the growth of some tumours. The UK and Australian researchers say the findings are “very significant” and they are planning clinical trials. Cancer Research UK said the study was “highly significant” and could help thousands of women. Hormones play a huge role in breast cancer. They can make a cancerous cell divide by hooking up with “hormone receptors” on the surface of a cancer. One of the most successful breast cancer drugs, tamoxifen, bungs up the oestrogen receptor.

“Better Control”

Cancers with progesterone receptors were known to be less deadly, but the reason why was unclear and they have not been explored as a treatment Now a team at the University of Cambridge and the University of Adelaide have studied cancer cells growing in the laboratory. They show that the progesterone receptor and the oestrogen receptor are closely linked and that the progesterone receptor can make the oestrogen receptor less nasty. Cancer cells growing in the laboratory grew to half the size when treated with progesterone and tamoxifen than when given tamoxifen alone.

One of the researchers, Prof Carlos Caldas from the University of Cambridge, told the BBC News website: “It appears you control the tumours better, but to prove it is better in women with breast cancer we need to do the trial. “It could be very significant. In early breast cancer you could increase the number of people being cured and in advanced breast cancer, where we’re not curing, we could control the disease for longer.” The researchers are in the first stages of planning a clinical trial.

About 75% of women have breast cancers with the oestrogen receptor and of those, 75% also have progesterone receptors. It suggests roughly half of women could benefit. Dr Emma Smith, from Cancer Research UK, said the early results were an “exciting” prospect. She told the BBC: “This is a highly significant finding. It could be an easy, cheap and simple way to improve the survival of thousands of women, but it needs clinical trials.”

 

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How Will MyNotes Medical work for you? Watch our walk-through slides

We have had a fantastic response regarding MyNotes Medical, but people are still unsure how MyNotes Medical works.

Here is a short slide presentation walkthrough how the programme will work. We NEED your support to help us to help you. Please pledge your support on our link http://goo.gl/3rf9c7  Thank you, Together We Can Make A Difference Joanna 

 

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‘Something’s not right. I’m sick of this’: Teenage girl who was told to ‘stop Googling’ the rare cancer that eventually killed her left heartbreaking messages begging doctors to take her seriously

  • Bronte Doyne died 16 months after being told she would survive cancer
  • Her mother Lorraine has released daughter’s messages before she died 
  • Teenager had rare cancer that only around 200 people a year get worldwide
  • Miss Doyne told she’d survive after an operation to remove liver growth
  •  Online research said it would come back but doctors said: ‘stop Googling’ 

A teenage cancer victim begged doctors to take her seriously in a series of desperate messages written shortly before she died, it was revealed today.

Bronte Doyne, 19, said she was ‘fed up of trusting’ medics who refused to accept she was dying and was told to ‘stop Googling’ the rare illness that would eventually kill her. Miss Doyne died in March 2013, 16 months after she developed fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma (FBC), a rare form of liver cancer which only affects 200 people a year worldwide.   The teenager had an operation in September 2011 to remove the cancer and was told she would make a full recovery, but online research in America told her that FBC often returns.

But ‘aloof and evasive’ doctors at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) treated her with ‘woeful lack of care and empathy’ and refused to accept this and told her to ‘stop Googling’. In a text weeks before she died she said: ‘Need answers. Want to know what’s going on. Something’s not right. I’m sick of this’.  And days before she died she wrote: ‘Can’t begin to tell you how it feels to have to tell an oncologist they are wrong. I had to, I’m fed up of trusting them’.

Please click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3126052/Teenage-girl-told-stop-Googling-rare-cancer-killed-left-heartbreaking-messages-begging-doctors-seriously.html

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Manchester’s latest weapon in the fight against cancer: New £28.5m research centre opens its doors today 16th June

The facility, opposite The Christie in Withington, will help develop new treatments by bringing world-class scientists under one roof.

The battle to beat cancer gets a huge boost today with the opening of Manchester’s £28.5m specialist research centre The centre, opposite The Christie in Withington, will help develop new treatments by bringing world-class scientists under one roof. The vision for the project – a joint initiative by the hospital trust, Cancer Research UK and the University of Manchester – is to develop ‘personalised therapies’ for patients.

Prof Nic Jones, the centre’s director, said: “I am thrilled to see the building open as it looks absolutely fantastic.  “The new research centre will make a tremendous difference to the way cancer is treated in future. “The new centre will attract world-class scientists and help to save thousands of lives both here and around the world.”

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http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/health/new-manchester-cancer-centre-christie-9459948

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Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC)

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NHS will not offer ‘innovative’ drug to treat prostate cancer

Cancer charities are disappointed with health officials who have deemed a new and ‘innovative’ drug to treat advanced prostate cancer is not cost-effective for the NHS.

Enzalutamide is currently available on the Cancer Drugs Fund in England, which enables patients to access drugs that would not otherwise have been routinely available from the NHS. But the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has published draft guidance in which it says the drug has not been proven to work well enough for the price the NHS must pay for it.

The drug, also called Xtandi, is licensed to treat people with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body who have not yet had chemotherapy, and in whom treatments to lower the amount of male sex hormones – which normally stop the cancer from growing and spreading – no longer work.

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http://www.itv.com/news/2015-06-11/nhs-will-not-offer-innovative-drug-to-treat-prostate-cancer/

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‘Amazing’ new breast cancer drugs could extend life of sufferers

Experts said that they were hopeful that the treatment would save lives, with signs it could spare one in three breast cancer sufferers from undergoing invasive surgery

Women with advanced breast cancer could live longer thanks to two new drugs hailed as offering an “amazing” step forward in treatment. One therapy destroyed 40 per cent of tumours among patients with one of the most deadly forms of cancer – twice as many as those given standard treatment. Experts said that they were hopeful that the treatment would save lives, with signs it could spare one in three breast cancer sufferers from undergoing invasive surgery.

The second combination therapy – which works for the most common type of breast cancer, more than doubled the time tumours were kept at bay. It meant women with advanced disease were able to secure an extra five months before enduring gruelling sessions of chemotherapy.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11644508/Amazing-new-breast-cancer-drugs-could-extent-life-of-sufferers.html

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Reports claim that Perjeta redused tumours and in 40 percent of cases disappeared

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Cancer sufferer feels ‘fantastic’ after revolutionary new treatment

Pam Smith says she feels “fantastic” after revolutionary new cancer treatment Immunotherapy shrunk her tumour

A new type of cancer treatment is being hailed as a breakthrough in fighting the deadly disease. Immunotherapy, which uses the body’s own immune system to destroy deadly tumours, has been lauded as one of the biggest breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer for decades.

One patient who has tried the breakthrough drug, Pam smith, says she feels “fantastic” after her treatment. “The drugs have shrunk the tumor: they’ve shrunk it from 9mm to 4mm. “I feel fantastic […] every time I go to the hospital now they’re giving me good news with the scans.” She added that it’s “so sad” for people who can’t get access to the drug. “One of these drugs that I was on was worth £22,000 a time so you know very, very expensive but well worth it in the long run”.

Click on the link to watch the Telegraph interview with Pam Smith

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11643583/Cancer-sufferer-feels-fantastic-after-revolutionary-new-treatment.html

How much patients benefit from the new immuno-therapy treatment announced today in the fight against cancer will depend on which drugs suit them best, according to a leading expert. Speaking to ITV News, Dr Alan Worsley of Cancer Research UK said that patients might respond best to one type of drug or a combination of therapies.

http://www.itv.com/news/update/2015-06-01/cancer-treatment-success-will-depend-on-patient-suitability/?

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X-rays showing a patient’s tumor, circled, before, leftm and after immunotherapy

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Cardiff University scientists in cancer breakthrough

Scientists working on stem cell research at Cardiff University believe they have made a potential breakthrough in combating cancer.

Researchers have identified a compound which targets aggressive tumour cells found in breast, pancreas, colon and prostate cancers. The discovery has now been licensed to biotech investors Tiziana Life Sciences. It is hoped the compound can eventually be developed for clinical trials. The research was conducted by Cardiff University’s European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute (ECSCRI) and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Scientists revealed details of the compound – called OH14 – on Thursday morning when the deal with Tiziana was made public on the London Stock Exchange. Tiziana already has an established relationship working with Cardiff University. Italian investor Gabriele Cerrone named the company after his partner who died three years ago from breast cancer. News report from BBC News

Click here to read the Cardiff University Press Release in more detail

http://www.newswise.com/articles/new-anti-cancer-stem-cell-compound-in-development

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AFTER BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS” Please vote for Jo

Jo is a courageous woman who is in remission from breast cancer and in her own plight she helps so many with her fundraising and brilliant informative website AFTER BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS” 

Jo’s website provides information on Breast Cancer Reconstructions for making informed decisions, finding surgeons and consultants to perform specific reconstruction surgery. Finding specific cancer networks and hospitals. Providing diet and exercise tips and health website information. Providing you with news and information from the UK and around the world. Providing a source of photographs of true reconstructions from patients themselves as well as a forum where patients can meet other patients. Also features information on surgical procedures, new research developments, as well as documenting her own illness and treatment. http://www.abcdiagnosis.co.uk/

To help expand Jo’s website in helping to support other Breast Cancer sufferers,  please vote for Jo Taylor on the link below

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An open plea to NHS England from a mother who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

THIS IS AN OPEN PLEA TO THE NHS

There was one option that could save me, a second bone marrow transplant. The team had had a lengthy discussion about it, and they were unanimous, I should have it. But, it wasn’t up to them. It was up to NHS England.

On your web site you describe yourself  as “transparent about the decisions we make, the way we operate and the impact we have.”

I have no idea of how you are forming your decision. I have no point of contact at NHS England. My doctors send emails and leave messages. As far as I’m aware, no one calls them back – and you certainly don’t phone me.

But, four or five times a day my phone does ring and it says, “Caller Unknown”. Every time I get that call, I think it is the call. My heart rips open in my chest and sometimes I sob simply at its ring.

Each day that passes is one that reminds me of all I will lose if the answer is no. I used to be a teacher. How desperately I would like to be one again. I’m a mother. I can’t even bear here to describe the sense of loss I feel every day when I look at my children and wonder where we will all be a year from now.

Call me. Please. I can’t take it.

Please click on the link to read Stacie Lewis’s Open letter to the NHS England and share

http://www.mamalewis.com/2015/04/28/an-open-plea-to-nhs-england/

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My daughter visiting me in the hospital during my first round of chemotherapy.

 

 

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First cervical cancer drug for 10 years: Trial shows Avastin gives women around four months of extra life

Women with advanced cervical cancer – the most common cancer afflicting young women – are to get the first officially approved new treatment for a decade. Trials show Avastin, which is used in several other cancers, gives women around four months’ extra life. The drug plus chemotherapy has now been licensed by European regulators. Patients will have access via the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) until it is considered for routine NHS use. It has been available in England via the CDF since last March pending licensing.

Each year an estimated 600 women with advanced cervical cancer could benefit from Avastin, costing £3,370 for a month’s treatment. The drug’s use was accelerated by the US Food and Drug Administration which approved Avastin plus chemotherapy for advanced cervical cancer in August 2014.Nearly 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year, and it kills around 1,000 women.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3058372/First-cervical-cancer-drug-10-years-Trial-shows-Avastin-gives-women-four-months-extra-life.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Wolverhampton hospital bosses launch investigation after woman given wrong breast cancer diagnosis

Hospital bosses have launched an investigation after a woman was told she had breast cancer and underwent surgery – only to be informed days later she never had the disease.

Officials were forced to issue the patient with an ‘unreserved’ apology over the mix-up. Elizabeth Dawes, a breast cancer nurse from Stafford, was told by staff at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton that she had grade 3 invasive breast cancer and needed surgery and chemotherapy. She underwent extensive surgery as a result of the diagnosis, but four days later the 39-year-old mother-of-one was told her medical notes had been mixed up with those of two other patients.

Ms Dawes called the mix-up ‘appalling’ and is taking legal action. She is still taking painkillers almost two years after the surgery and was so traumatised by it she gave up her job at New Cross. Bosses at the hospital have met with Ms Dawes to offer an ‘unreserved apology’.

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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/04/28/hospital-bosses-launch-investigation-after-stafford-woman-given-wrong-breast-cancer-diagnosis/?

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Elizabeth Dawes

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Beating Bowel Cancer

Stephen Browne was 45 when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer – it was his wife that persuaded him to go to his doctor when he noticed symptoms.

Beating Bowel Cancer – Call our helpline on 020 8973 0011

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Warning over late bowel cancer diagnosis in the Midlands. ITV report

New figures by charity Beating Bowel Cancer show many bowel cancer patients in the East Midlands are still diagnosed too late, costing the NHS millions.

Nottingham NHS Clinical Commissioning Group comes out as one of the five worst performing for early diagnosis as does East Leicestershire and Rutland. There is currently a huge variation within the NHS across England in terms of early diagnosis of bowel cancer – the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – with the best performing Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) diagnosing 63% of patients early, compared with only 30% in the worst. The figures show that if every NHS region in England performed as well as the best at diagnosing bowel cancer early (stages 1 and 2), 3,200 lives could be saved and £34 million could be diverted to other bowel cancer services and treatments.

Those diagnosed with stage 1 bowel cancer have a 97% chance of survival, compared to just 7% when the cancer is more advanced. However, not only does early diagnosis provide patients with a much better chance of survival, it also costs the NHS far less. This is due to the fact that treatment for the earlier stages of cancer is often less intensive and invasive than treatment for more advanced disease.

If every patient with bowel cancer was diagnosed early (at stage 1 or 2) the NHS could avert treatment costs of over £103 million.

“It’s unacceptable that there are CCGs in England that diagnose less than 1 in 3 patients at an early stage.

If they all performed as well as the best, thousands of lives could be saved and millions of pounds could be freed up to be used for other bowel cancer treatments, which patients are frequently told are unaffordable.”

– CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF BEATING BOWEL CANCER, MARK FLANNAGAN
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Late diagnosis for bowel cancer could be costing the NHS £103 million every year,Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA

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Terminally ill woman accuses NHS of robbing her daughters of their mum by refusing to pay for medicine

A terminally ill woman has accused the NHS of robbing her two daughters of their mum by refusing to pay for life-saving treatment. Jemma, 31, suffers from a rare stomach cancer known as Wild Type Gastrointestinal and is currently taking three life-prolonging drugs. However, NHS England stopped dishing out the final drug in the sequence last month. Jemma said: “The final drug is the most effective and it is heart-breaking they have removed it from the treatment list. “The cancer that I have is extremely rare and the research into it is limited so it angers me that they are removing a drug that has been proven to work. “I am lucky that I have managed to spend 14 months on the first drug, Imatinib, in the series but I know that it will soon have no effect on my body.  “The second drug, Sutan, is not very effective and I know that when I have to be put on it I will have minimal time left. “You can buy Regorafenib [the third drug needed] privately but that costs £3,700 a month and I don’t have that kind of money.

“Family members have offered to sell their houses and belongings to pay for my treatment but I can’t accept that. “I cannot ask my family to put their lives on hold when I might only get another year of life.”

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/terminally-ill-woman-accuses-nhs-5551577

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Urgent: Jemma Peacock needs life-saving drugs for her rare form of cancer but the NHS have withdrew them

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Now a breath test to stop stomach cancer: Screening spots chemical signals that are linked to development of tumours

Tests spot chemical signals in exhaled air linked to tumour development. About 7,000 people develop stomach cancer in the UK each year

A simple breath test that could help detect the early stages of stomach cancer has been developed by scientists. The screening system spots chemical signals in exhaled air that are linked to tumour development. By looking for distinctive ‘breath prints’, researchers were also able to distinguish between patients at high and low risk of developing the disease.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3037837/Now-breath-test-stop-stomach-cancer-Screening-spots-chemical-signals-linked-development-tumours.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Breathe: The tscreening system spots chemical signals in exhaled air that are linked to tumour development

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Dogs can sniff out prostate cancer in men 98% of the time

Tests showed that a man’s best friend can detect the deadly disease in 98 per cent of cases after smelling their urine.  Experts have hailed the findings as “spectacular” and called for more support for the “tested, time-old technology.” Dr Claire Guest, co-founder of the Buckinghamshire charity Medical Detection Dogs, said research had found a 93 per cent reliability rate when detecting bladder and prostate cancer.  She said: “These results are spectacular. They offer us further proof that dogs have the ability to detect human cancer. “It is particularly exciting that we have such a high success rate in the detection of prostate cancer, for which the existing tests are woefully inadequate.”

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with more than 40,000 cases diagnosed every year.

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/569831/Dogs-sniff-out-prostate-cancer

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Hospital in Ashya King case reveals ‘outpouring of hatred’ directed at staff

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Medics tell BBC documentary of overwhelming volume of vitriolic messages received – and defend their approach to the five-year-old’s treatment

Staff at the hospital where five-year-old Ashya King was treated for brain cancer before he was taken abroad by his parents have spoken about the “outpouring of hatred” they received – but said they would act in the same way if the situation arose again. Medical staff at Southampton general hospital told a BBC documentary how the torrent of abuse effectively shut down the hospital’s switchboard after it “became a story of a hospital [that] was chasing down a family”. One doctor said he received hate mail from someone telling him they wished his own children would get cancer and die.

The hospital came under the glare of the world’s media last August after Ashya’s parents took him abroad for treatment, against the advice of the NHS specialists who had been caring for him in Southampton.

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http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/10/hospital-in-ashya-king-case-reveals-outpouring-of-hatred-directed-at-staff

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Ashya – The Untold Story will be broadcast on BBC1 at 7.30pm on Friday 10 April

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Mother is stunned to discover she has aggressive form of cancer after reading a Facebook post describing all her symptoms

A mother who spent months feeling unwell was horrified to discover she probably had cancer – after spotting all her symptoms on a Facebook post.

Laura Everley, 36, had experienced bloating, lower back pain and constipation over a three-month period. She also frequently needed to urinate. But having previously suffered irritable bowel syndrome and endometriosis, she put the symptoms down to those conditions. It was only when she stumbled across a post on her Facebook timeline, which detailed all the same symptoms, that she realised it could be cancer. Tests later revealed she had an aggressive ovarian tumour – and the disease had begun to spread.  After performing a hysterectomy to remove her womb as well as her ovaries, surgeons revealed the cancer had already begun to spread. Mrs Everley is now undergoing chemotherapy and doctors are confident she can beat the disease. She hopes her story will raise awareness to the symptoms of ovarian cancer, prompting other women to see their doctor if they are worried.

Warning signs of the disease can be difficult to recognise, particularly in the early stages.  This is because they are often the same as symptoms of other less serious conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). Mrs Everley said: ‘The symptoms are the same, so I thought it could have been irritable bowel syndrome

Click on the link to read more and watch the video

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3027386/Mother-stunned-discover-aggressive-form-cancer-reading-Facebook-post-describing-symptoms.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Laura Everley, 36

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Proton beam centres to be opened

The UK is to get its first three proton beam therapy centres in what is being hailed as a cancer treatment milestone.

Cardiff-based Proton Partners International Ltd is to open the treatment centres in Cardiff, London and Northumberland by 2017 and the first – Cardiff – will be operational next year. The announcement comes not long after the parents of brain cancer survivor Ashya King told how the five year old made a ”miracle” recovery after receiving proton beam therapy which was initially not available to him on the NHS.

Brett and Naghmeh King sparked an international manhunt after taking their son out of hospital in Southampton without doctors’ consent. The Proton Therapy Centre (PTC) in Prague, where Ashya received the treatment last year, said it was ”thrilled” to hear news that a recent scan showed no sign of a tumour. The new UK centres will be available for NHS patients from England, Scotland and Wales, medically-insured private patients and self-paying patients.

Please click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3025350/Proton-beam-centres-opened.html

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The case of Ashya King made headlines

 

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Cancer survival rates 10 years behind Europe: British figures still well below other countries despite billions being spent to improve situation over the last 15 years

Cancer survival rates in Britain lag more than ten years behind those in many other European countries, experts warn. Even for breast cancer – one of the most treatable forms of the disease – the figures are still well below those reached by France, Sweden and Italy in the late 1990s. For lung cancer, the rates are so far behind that patients in Britain are now half as likely to survive as those living in Austria.  Macmillan Cancer Support has described the situation as ‘shameful’ and warns too many patients are dying needlessly here when they would survive had they been treated elsewhere in Europe. And despite billions being spent to improve cancer survival rates over the last 15 years – £640million invested by Labour in the early 2000s and £750million by the Tories – Britain does not appear to have gained any ground.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3008614/Cancer-survival-rates-10-years-Europe-British-figures-countries-despite-billions-spent-improve-situation-15-years.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Brain tumour boy Ashya King is free of cancer, parents say

Wonderful news. My highest admiration goes out to Ashya’s parents that had the faith and courage to defy doctors here in the UK. Joanna

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The parents of five-year-old Ashya King, who were jailed after taking him abroad for brain tumour treatment, say their son is now free of cancer

Ashya King is free of cancer after he was given treatment not available for him on the NHS, his parents have claimed. The five-year-old’s family have told of his “miracle” recovery, as the centre where he was treated declared him cancer-free, The Sun reported. Ashya’s mother Naghmeh, who alongside her husband Brett sparked an international manhunt last summer by removing the little boy from hospital in Southampton without medical consent, described the news as incredible.

“If we had left Ashya with the NHS in Britain, he would not be with us today. He was too weak and would not have survived,” she told the paper. Ashya was finally allowed to undergo treatment at the Proton Therapy Centre (PTC) in Prague for brain cancer after a long legal battle fought by his parents.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/children/11489212/Brain-tumour-boy-Ashya-King-is-free-of-cancer-parents-say.html

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Ashya King with his mother Naghmeh in October 2014 after his proton therapy treatment

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Is this a miracle cancer vaccine? Scientists hail breakthrough treatment as a ‘game changer’

Scientists are having extraordinary success treating cancer with new vaccines they believe could be a ‘game-changer’ in the battle against the disease.

They have worked out how to teach the body’s immune system to identify cancer cells, allowing patients to be primed to destroy cancer. In one case an American woman given just weeks to live was cleared of advanced blood cancer. She is still alive three years later, and her doctor says she is not a one-off.  British researchers are now working on a related approach. Both methods involve taking T-cells, which fight infection, and giving them the ability to recognise a special tag on the surface of cancer cells, called the WT1 protein. The research is being carried out on patients with leukaemia. But the scientists hope their vaccines will eventually be used to fight many types of cancer, including that of breast, bowel and prostate – whose cells tend to have WT1 on their surfaces.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3005816/Is-miracle-cancer-vaccine-Scientists-hail-breakthrough-treatment-game-changer.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Government accused of breaking promises on NHS cancer treatment

Ministers have been accused of failing cancer patients after it emerged that three key improvements to services pledged by the coalition have been delayed.

The hold-ups, involving key aspects of the government’s 2011 cancer strategy, have prompted concern that the growing number of people developing the disease will not get the best treatment possible. The coalition has not delivered on its promise made to provide the NHS in England with 12 extra machines, called linear accelerators or linacs, which give patients high doses of radiotherapy. Jane Ellison, the public health minister, said in December that the NHS had 265 such machines in 2011-12 but just four more than that – 269 – in 2013-14, with just 256 “in full clinical use”.

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http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/09/government-accused-breaking-promises-nhs-cancer-treatment

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One in 10 cancer sufferers left housebound for lack of help

One in ten cancer sufferers are left housebound while others lack help washing and dressing because of a lack of help from social services, a leading charity has said. Macmillan Cancer Support says at least 160,000 patients are constantly or often left stuck in their homes, while 100,000 are regularly unable to wash themselves, dress or go to the toilet because of a lack of care workers. The findings, based on a survey of more than 1,000 cancer sufferers, suggest 11 per cent are often left housebound, while 7 per cent lack help with their basic needs.

“People at all stages of the disease are lacking the care and support they desperately need, with devastating consequences for their health and dignity,” the report warns. “This lack of dignity is contributing to the huge emotional toll that cancer can inflict. People are living with constant feelings of fear, anger and isolation, not to mention depression and anxiety.”

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11457431/One-in-10-cancer-sufferers-left-housebound-for-lack-of-help.html

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Cancer sufferers are not given enough help at home, charities say Photo: ALAMY

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Heartache of cancer girl who accepts she’ll never experience true love before she dies

Oh so sad and what a beautiful girl. I hope she gets bag loads of cards for Valentines Day, and hopefully there will be a knight in shining armour with a heart as big as hers, Joanna

Angelic in a beautiful, ­flowing white wedding dress, Kathryn Cartwright blinked back her tears and smiled for her adoring mum. It should have been a moment to be cherished, a bride-to-be excitedly preparing for her big day. But 24-year-old Kathryn will never marry, nor even know what it feels like to be in love . The bittersweet moment was just another tick on her bucket list – something she wanted to experience before her life ebbs away. For cancer has cruelly robbed Kathryn of the chance of finding true happiness. Unsure she’d even live to see her 24th birthday last month, she knows for sure her chances of finding Mr Right have faded away.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/heartache-cancer-girl-who-accepts-5122106

– If you would like to send Kathryn a card, we will forward it to her. Please send to Features, The Sunday People, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP.

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Time runing out: Kathryn posed in a wedding dress as part of her bucket list

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Breakthrough cancer treatment ‘only offered to private patients’

A breakthrough cancer treatment is being denied to NHS patients while those paying privately can receive the procedure, it has been claimed. London’s University College Hospital is reportedly blocking patients funded from the public purse from using its £2 million gamma knife machine. Patients’ with medical insurance or private funding are however able to access the cutting edge treatment at the hospital.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11394360/Breakthrough-cancer-treatment-only-offered-to-private-patients.html

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A doctor talks to a patient on a gamma knife machine Photo: Alamy 

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One In Two People Will Develop Cancer In Their Life, Warns Charity

One in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives, new figures suggest. A forecast from Cancer Research UK predicts that the UK could face a “crisis” if the NHS does not plan ahead. The news coincides with World Cancer Day, which aims to take a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer.

The new figure, which replaces the previous of one in three, is the most accurate forecast to date from the charity and is published in the British Journal of Cancer. Cancer Research UK said it highlights the urgent need to bolster public health and NHS cancer services so they can cope with a growing and ageing population and the looming demands for better diagnostics, treatments and earlier diagnosis. Prevention must also play a role in the effort required to reduce the impact of the disease in coming decades, as there will “never be one single magic bullet” to cure all cancers.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/02/04/world-cancer-day-one-in-two-people-develop-cancer_n_6610838.html

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Moving exhibition shows what it is to care with Marie Curie – A new photographic exhibition by Patrick Olner

They are there to help and support during the darkest days of people’s lives, bringing gentle comfort and some order to the process of dealing with terminal cancer. Marie Curie provides care and support for more than 40,000 terminally ill people and their families in the UK each year. From the simplest of gestures like the holding of a hand, making a cup of tea, to the nursing of those whose lives are ending, legions of volunteers and nurses go the extra mile so every day. Now their work and care has been documented in a project which is about to form an exhibition in the Pierhead in Cardiff.

Freelance photographer Patrick Olner from Porth in Rhondda Cynon Taf spent just over a year recording the support offered by the charity’s volunteers in south, west and north Wales. His black and white photos capture everything from the tender arms around a patient, the nurses heading out to people’s homes, to the fundraisers who try to boost the charity’s income.

Click on the link to read and view photo’s

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/marie-curie-exhibition-shows-what-8558145?

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Check Yourself, Don’t Wreck Yourself! Cancer Awareness Campaign Video

Heather Walters is a superstar! Whilst battling breast cancer she wanted to make as many people as possible aware of the importance of checking yourself for lumps and bumps. Rather than wait until chemo had finished she wading right on in there and started putting together the elements needed to create an awareness video! That’s where I came in handy! Heather’s friend Sam Harding had re-written the lyrics to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off and she asked me to sing it, which I did with joy.
Then, with the help of The Unlimited Dance Company we created a dance flash mob style in Barnstaple High Street!
We’re hoping Miss Swift doesn’t mind us nicking her song…we did ask her ‘people’ but got no reply… but it’s for such an amazing cause that we hope she doesn’t mind too much! www.shimnixproductions.co.uk

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Not all prostate cancer is the same…promising research – From Daniel Sencier’s blog

There’s slow-growth prostate cancer, then there’s a deadlier form that spreads to other parts of the body and requires aggressive treatment.
Edmonton researchers are developing a test that for the first time can differentiate between the two types.
“It allows us to customize and treat the patients far more effectively,” Rocco Rossi, CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada, said Tuesday.

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http://danielsencier.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/not-all-prostate-cancer-is.html?spref=fb

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Such a shock to hear of Anne Kirkbride’s passing. Forever in the nations hearts. RIP

Anne Kirkbride, Coronation Street’s Deirdre Barlow, dies aged 60

Co-star William Roache, who played her husband Ken Barlow for many years, said she would be “greatly missed”.  Roache said: “I feel Anne’s loss so personally having worked closely with her for over 40 years. She was such a loving and vibrant person. You always knew she was there because her laugh was never far away. “She was an impeccable performer with superb comedy timing and an immense gift for really heightened drama. We had some rows over the years as Ken and Deirdre and it was wonderful to play those scenes opposite her.

Click on the link to read and watch some of her best performances 

http://www.itv.com/news/story/2015-01-19/coronation-street-actress-anne-kirkbride-dies-aged-60/

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Lord Saatchi: Cuts to cancer drug funding will cause ‘great anxiety’ for thousands

Thousands of Britons with cancer will be plunged into “great anxiety” because of cuts to crucial drug treatments announced on Monday, Lord (Maurice) Saatchi has warned. The Conservative peer and advertising mogul told The Telegraph his life has been “immersed” with cancer recently with loved ones battling the same disease that took his wife as he criticised the scaling back of NHS funding. It comes as charities and industry experts warned that NHS England’s expected decision to stop funding a series of cancer drugs was “short-sighted” and would endanger lives.

A review by the Cancer Drugs Fund, introduced in 2011 after the Conservatives pledged cancer patients would no longer be denied drugs on grounds of cost, is published today. As many as half of the 25 drugs under review – which are used in 42 treatments – could have funding pulled according to industry sources.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11338770/Lord-Saatchi-Cuts-to-cancer-drug-funding-will-cause-great-anxiety-for-thousands.html

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Maurice Saatchi with his wife Josephine Hart, who died from cancer, in 2005  Photo: Richard Young/Rex 

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What I learned as a cancer patient will make me a better doctor

All cancer doctors deal with harrowing stories. Like many, I had coped during my six years as a consultant oncologist at the Christie, by adopting a firm belief that it could never happen to me. Unsurprising then, my sense of shock when, just over a year ago, I left my busy gastric cancer clinic to receive the results of my own biopsy, taken from a breast lump the week before. If I am totally honest I knew what was coming. The mammograms and ultrasound scan had left me with little doubt, but I had clung to the slim hope it was just a big scare.

Despite years of training in clinical communication skills, I now know how it is that patients only recall the first sentence when bad news is broken. “I have the results of your biopsy and I am afraid it is not good news”, is what I heard my surgeon say. I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The rest of the consultation passed in a blur. In that moment it felt like my whole identity had been turned on its head. I was no longer a cancer doctor, I was a cancer patient with all the fears and questions that anyone faced with that diagnosis experiences: how will I cope? Who will look after the children? What will happen with work? Will my husband manage? Will I die?

http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2015/jan/05/learned-cancer-patient-better-doctor?

ReceptionA friendly word from the receptionist, or the secretary you call to check on a lost appointement can make all the difference to someone with cancer. Photograph: Alamy

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Tiny microscope can take agonising wait out of cancer tests

Time can be crucial when diagnosing illness. And with conditions such as cancer, the current method of testing samples of tissue for disease – a biopsy – can be a slow process, with an anxious wait for results. The procedure can cause discomfort and pain. Furthermore, it often has to be repeated, as the sampling is not always accurate. Now, scientists have developed the world’s smallest microscope – the size of a pin – which is inserted into the body, allowing doctors to ‘see’ cancer and make an instant, precise diagnosis, saving the patient from the need for a biopsy. It is already being used for pancreatic cancer, a disease with a poor prognosis as it’s often detected late, and scientists are now looking at using it for colon, bladder, oesophageal and lung cancer.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2890493/Tiny-microscope-agonising-wait-cancer-tests.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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As Lynda Bellingham reveals she has only months to live… Bowel cancer patients left undiagnosed for YEARS

Katie Pearson could be forgiven for being angry or full of resentment and bitterness. But the terminally ill 35-year-old is determined to remain positive and enjoy what time she has left. In October 2010, Katie was diagnosed with bowel cancer, a disease more commonly associated with the over-50s. Her late diagnosis — two years after her first symptoms — meant the cancer was already very advanced, having spread into her pelvis and lymph nodes. Despite treatment, the cancer spread further, and last September she was told that patients with cancer as advanced as hers aren’t expected to live more than a year.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2774079/Lynda-Bellingham-cancer-Bowel-cancer-patients-left-undiagnosed-YEARS.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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