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Three quarters of NHS nurses believe that winter pressures on the NHS have hampered their ability to care for dying patients. A new poll found that 77% of nurses said that strain on the system over the colder months has had a negative effect on the quality of care they…
A majority of UK doctors and the general public support assisted dying, according to a series of articles in the British Medical Journal. Over half of doctors agreed that assisted dying should be legalised in certain circumstances, according to a survey of 733 doctors referenced in an article by cardiologist…
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…
Too many seriously ill children and their families are still unable to access decent end of life care, with a "cruel postcode lottery" meaning many cannot decide where they die, charities have warned.Having to plan and prepare for a child's end of life care and death is the "most stressful,…
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…
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