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Palliative care is often thought of as care in the last days or hours of life but in reality it can be offered to anyone with a life limiting illness to support them throughout their disease journey. Four years ago, Lancaster University were part of a European consortium awarded a…
Almost nine out of 10 NHS groups are failing cancer patients, with low rates of diagnosis and treatment, new ratings show. Data from NHS England reveals that the vast majority of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England are performing poorly when it comes to diagnosing patients quickly, ensuring they get…
A charity has called on health boards to take urgent action after a major survey found some cancer patients are facing delays in diagnosis, poor care and a lack of communication. Macmillan Cancer Support wants NHS boards to draw up plans to address the issues raised in the first Scottish…
A new computer test is helping doctors work out how long women with advanced ovarian cancer may survive. The test, developed by experts at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, highlighted a "staggering" difference between those patients who would live for five years or more and those who would…
Regular monitoring of prostate cancer as a treatment option offers the same chances of survival 10 years after diagnosis as surgery or radiotherapy, a major study into the disease has discovered. The decade-long trial, which examined men with localised prostate cancer, found survival rates were extremely high, approximately 99%, irrespective…
Rationing is rife across the NHS, with patients suffering cutbacks to treatment and expensive drugs, a major survey of doctors has found. The research, for the Press Association and ITV, found cuts to cancer treatments, costly medicines, mental health services and knee and hip replacements. Some patients have been left…
Regular exercise could cancel out the risk of death from serious illnesses linked to alcohol, research has shown. A study has found that moderate physical activity counteracts the "biological disease pathways" of high alcohol intake, which can lead to fatal heart disease, stroke and several type of cancer. Researchers, who…
Deaths from ovarian cancer in the UK dipped by 22% over a decade thanks to widespread use of the contraceptive pill and possibly owing to a decline in the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause, scientists have said. In 2002, 7.51 out of every 100,000 women in Britain…
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