STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

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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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New drug for pancreatic cancer turned down

The NHS drugs rationing body has ruled that a drug for pancreatic cancer that can extend lives of patients is too expensive to be given before other treatments have been tried.
Pancreatic cancer is often diagnosed late meaning patients often live for only two to six months.
The drug, nab-paclitaxel, also known as Abraxane, has been shown to extend life by an average of two months but some have survived for two years.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11081589/New-drug-for-pancreatic-cancer-turned-down.html

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