Breast cancer test promises good news for women

Dharmica Mistry has good news for women who dislike having their breasts pushed and pinched into position for a mammogram nearly as much as they fear breast cancer itself.

If her Breast Cancer Associated Lipids (BCAL) blood test passes clinical trials in 2017, they might not have to undergo that ordeal any more.

Instead, they’ll just be able to add BCAL to the cholesterol, blood sugar, iron and other tests they might have once every year or two.

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Supporting cancer patients with anxiety

Each year, the number of people affected by cancer increases; by 2030 there will be four million people living with or beyond cancer in the UK alone.1 A substantial proportion of cancer patients will experience anxiety. A survey carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support in 2006 found that 75% of all respondents had experienced problematic anxiety levels at some point during cancer treatment or survival, but there is no standard presentation.

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Excitement at new cancer treatment

A therapy that retrains the body’s immune system to fight cancer has provoked excitement after more than 90% of terminally ill patients reportedly went into remission.
White blood cells were taken from patients with leukaemia, modified in the lab and then put back.

But the data has not been published or reviewed and two patients are said to have died from an extreme immune response..

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The Psychological Impact of Prostate Cancer

It would not be hard to guess the psychological impact on patients the moment a doctor tells them they have cancer. Just hearing that word probably leaves most patients stunned and, in the moments that follow, perhaps only half-listening to whatever else the doctor has to say. To some, cancer equals death. Cancer may or may not be life ending, but it is almost certainly life changing.

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Prostate cancer patients confused in urology versus radiation oncology wars

Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer face a confusing array of treatment choices, each with its own price tag and idiosyncratic side effects.

But when it comes to comparing the effectiveness of those treatments, things get political.

An international study that measured the long term survival rates from different prostate cancer treatments has needled the rivalries between the medical specialties that deal with the condition.

The biannual literature review by the Prostate Cancer Treatment Research Centre rated a type of radiation therapy known as brachytherapy as the most effective of six treatment options for men with a low or intermediate risk….

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