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Charities have welcomed the "outstanding" results of a clinical trial which shows that a drug for a type of incurable breast cancer delays the disease getting worse. Olaparib (Lynparza) can give women living with BRCA-mutated advanced breast cancer significant extra time before their disease progresses, the study found. Presented at…
An app that tracks cancer patients' symptoms can boost their survival by five months, according to a new study. Research presented at the world's biggest cancer conference found that patients who told their doctors of their symptoms via an app or telephone helpline lived far longer than those who did…
A universal blood screening test that detects cancer years before symptoms appear could revolutionise treatment, scientists say. Researchers attending the world's biggest cancer conference in Chicago unveiled studies showing that a blood test accurately picks up mutations for several different types of cancer. Work is now under way, backed by…
The Duchess of Cambridge has praised the extraordinary work of "dedicated and inspirational" staff and volunteers at children's hospices across the UK. To mark the beginning of Children's Hospice Week, Kate has released a personal video message to show her support. A patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), in…
Northern Ireland's Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Charlotte McArdle, has officially launched new guidelines for nurses on care after death. ‘Care of the Deceased Patient and their Family: A Guideline for Nursing Practice in Northern Ireland’, provides guidance to nurses and midwives working in any setting on how to achieve the…
A new imaging system has been developed that could help doctors pinpoint and treat cancer more accurately using cutting-edge proton therapy. Three dimensional computerised tomography (CT) images were created using protons - the "hearts" of atoms - rather than X-rays. Proton therapy uses beams of the sub-atomic particles to destroy…
A range of experts from palliative care, engineering, design, social sciences and public health are coming together to take a radical look at end of life care and tackle one of our generation’s greatest health and social care challenges. This is what leading terminal illness charity, Marie Curie, has set…
Thousands of cancer patients every year are dying in hospital against their wishes, a new report says. More than 62,000 cancer patients die in hospital every year in the UK, 38% of all those who die from the disease. This is despite the fact that 64% of people with cancer…
Two new DVDs from the National Council for Palliative Care aim to help staff better understand key parts of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA). This in turn will improve the implementation of the Act and help people receive better end of life care. The DVDs were produced with support from…
Rio Ferdinand has been widely praised for giving a powerful account of losing his wife Rebecca to cancer and raising their three children without her. She died aged 34 in 2015, weeks after being diagnosed with the disease for a second time. As the BBC documentary was broadcast on Tuesday,…
A third of bereaved people claim the quality of end of life care their loved one received jeopardised their happy memories of that person, a new poll has found. Charity Marie Curie said it was sad to see so many memories were "tainted" by poor care. Its poll of 1,155…
Patients are suffering in pain due to NHS rationing, which is affecting access to community nurses and hip operations, a new report says. People at the end of their life are being left for hours without pain relief due to nursing shortages, while other patients are denied access to operations…