New website promises to be one-stop shop for cancer patients

Patients now have access to an interactive one-stop shop website for cancer information, with data on survival rates, screening and treatment.
Cancer Australia CEO Professor Helen Zorbas said the new National Cancer Control Indicators (NCCI) website was a unique, national resource bringing reliable national data together for the first time.

“It helps illuminate the cancer landscape. The data on the website will enhance our understanding, stimulate enquiry and inform future direction in cancer control — whether that’s in research or policy or clinical care,” Professor Zorbas said.

The NCCI website was designed for policymakers, governments, cancer organisation, researchers and health professionals….

A breakthrough vaccine for breast and gastric cancer is in trials

A VACCINE that treats one of the most common forms of breast cancer is being developed by an Aussie company and one day it could be used to prevent cancer.

The therapy stimulates the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer and studies have showed it produced improved survival rates in mice.

The vaccine will help the one in four women whose breast cancer over expresses the HER2 protein as well as HER2 gastric cancer patients.

Over 1 million cases of gastric cancer are diagnosed each year, mostly in Asia, and the five year survival rate is just 30 per cent.

Trials in …

Breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs approved

Two new ‘breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs have been approved, giving new hope to women with previously untreatable breast cancer.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has given the go-ahead for palbociclib and ribociclib to be used on the NHS in England.

Palbociclib had previously been refused because its cost was judged to be too high in comparison to its effectiveness.

The drugs have been shown to slow down advanced cancer for at least 10 months, delaying the need for chemotherapy. Read more… 

Prostate cancer nurse to be added to cancer centre staff.

The Central Coast Cancer Centre at Gosford Hospital will be funded by the Federal Government to provide a prostate cancer nurse for the area.
The federal seat of Robertson is the latest location to receive Coalition Government funding for prostate cancer nurses in the community.
Federal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, joined with local prostate cancer support group representatives on Monday, October 30, to announce that the new prostate cancer nurse would be based at the Central Coast Cancer Centre.
According to Ms Wicks, funding for the national prostate nurses program was doubled in the 2017 federal budget, committing a further $5.9 …

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