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Longer GP appointments and continuity of care could play a key role in the prevention and early detection of cancer, according to the organisation representing family doctors. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said 10 minute consultations are often “unfit for purpose”. The RCGP was one of a number…
Prostate cancer has overtaken breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, new research shows. Prostate Cancer UK said the number of men dying from prostate cancer every year has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, with 11,819 men now dying from prostate…
A "life-changing" drug for breast cancer patients has been given the final go-ahead for routine NHS use in England. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) issued its final decision recommending Perjeta, also known as pertuzumab, for some women with breast cancer. The drug previously had to be…
Former Labour cabinet minister Dame Tessa Jowell was given a standing ovation after making an emotional plea for more cancer treatments to be made available through the NHS. The Labour peer, who has brain cancer, called for more opportunities for "adaptive trials" in which patients can undergo different treatments, and…
Some breast cancer patients could be offered hormone therapy for a decade under new NHS guidelines. And all women who have a mastectomy due to breast cancer should be offered immediate breast reconstruction, under draft National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines. Meanwhile, some women should be offered bisphosphonates…
Drugs used to treat two rare cancers have been turned down for routine use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) advised against the medicines as it ruled the cost outweighed the benefits, despite being allowed more flexibility around the decision since they are used to treat…
Health officials have taken a "backwards step" in breast cancer care after recommending that a genetic test should no longer be used on the NHS, a charity has said. The Oncotype DX test - which helps to predict the risk of breast cancer recurrence and whether or not a patient…
Cancer cells can be targeted and destroyed more effectively using a substance found in stinging nettles and ants, research has found. The new treatment, named JPC11, can be recycled and reused within affected cells to attack them repeatedly, according to a study by the University of Warwick. It is hoped…
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