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A judge in a specialist court has made a landmark decision which will have implications for relatives of terminally ill people, lawyers say. Mr Justice Peter Jackson ruled that a 50-year-old woman who had suffered from Huntington's disease for more than 20 years should be allowed to die after a…
A new mother who was diagnosed with cancer when her son was just eight months old is backing a campaign urging people to stand up to the disease. Shiela Laramore, 33, was diagnosed with aggressive Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, on September 23 last year. After…
An event to share information and help raise awareness of Advance Care Planning is to take place in Magherafelt tomorrow [Wednesday 13 September]. The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health & Social Care Board (HSCB) in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, on behalf of the Regional Palliative Care programme –…
A discussion about stress should be a recognised part of every cancer diagnosis, an expert investigating the biological impact of "fight-or-flight" responses has claimed. Dr Melanie Flint's research suggests that stress reduces the effectiveness of a common chemotherapy drug used to treat breast cancer. Other cancer treatments may also be…
A health board has apologised for " unreasonable delays" in the treatment of a woman who later died of cancer. The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) identified "significant failings" in the way the case was handled by the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS board acute services division. The unnamed woman's…
Families, patients and staff gathered at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children recently to officially open two brand new rooms which have been built for the Cancer Unit, following a fundraising drive by the Children's Cancer Unit Charity. These new rooms will not only increase the number of beds…
Breast cancer patients should be given better access to support after their hospital treatment ends, a charity has said. The call from Breast Cancer Care comes after a new poll found that many women said being discharged from hospital care was one of the hardest moments to face. The survey…
This survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes highlights the good work they do and identifies the key challenges they face. The report, commissioned by Public Health England, undertaken by the Marie Curie Research Centre at Cardiff University, with input from the National Council for Palliative…
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