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Cancer waiting times are the worst for 10 years, campaigners said, as new figures showed 13% of patients who are urgently referred do not start treatment in the target time. The Scottish Government's ambition is for 95% of those who are referred because cancer is suspected to be treated within…
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…
The number of people waiting more than a year for an operation in Wales has risen by more than 400% in the past four years. A freedom of information request by the Royal College of Surgeons revealed the number of people waiting more than 12 months for surgery in the…
Local health bodies should have to face a tribunal board if they have "overly restrictive commissioning policies", a new report suggests. The recommendation comes after researchers found that there is "unacceptable" variation in access to care for patients across England. After examining data concerning each of the 209 clinical commissioning…
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…
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