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  1. Prostate cancer scan is 'a big leap forward'

    20th January 2017 – A new test to detect prostate cancer is being hailed as the biggest leap forward in diagnosing the disease in decades. Doctors say an advanced type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan could help around a quarter of men avoid an unnecessary biopsy and reduce the number who ar

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  2. Campaigners to fight breast cancer drug refusal

    29th December 2016 – Health campaigners have condemned a decision by the health regulator to refuse an innovative breast cancer drug for NHS use. In draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says it will not be recommending trastuzumab emtansine in England and Wale

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  3. Light therapy 'treats early prostate cancer'

    20th December 2016 – A new treatment that can help some patients with prostate cancer avoid the need for surgery has proved successful in clinical trials, according to UK-led research in The Lancet Oncology journal. The technique, trialled in men who have low-risk prostate cancer, involves injecting

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  4. Hair, skin and nail tips for chemotherapy patients

    Chemotherapy for treating cancer works by blasting the fast-growing cells in your body to destroy the cancer. However, it can lead to some unwelcome side-effects to other fast-growing cells affecting hair, skin and nails. Even though you know you need the treatment the changes to how you look can ge

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  5. Green light for leukaemia drug after price cut

    25th November 2016 – Leukaemia drug ibrutinib is set to be approved for routine use on the NHS in England and Wales for some people with the disease. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says it follows a decision by the manufacturer, Janssen, to offer a discount on the full

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  6. Teenage girl wins right to cryonic preservation

    18th November 2016 – A terminally ill 14-year-old has won a legal battle to have her body cryogenically frozen in the hope that she will one day be revived and able to continue her life. The girl, from the London area, known only as JS in the High Court, was diagnosed last year with a rare form of c

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  7. Discount helps breast cancer drug win NHS approval

    A drug which blocks tumour growth in breast cancer patients is set for routine NHS use after the manufacturer offered a price discount. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is recommending pertuzumab, which is also known by its brand name Perjeta, as a treatment option for ar

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  8. Two cancer drugs set for NHS approval

    10th November 2016 – Two cancer drugs are set for approval for routine use on the NHS in England. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says the draft guidance is part of its programme to look again at treatments that were listed on England's Cancer Drugs Fund before it was re

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  9. Breast cancer: 'Check for more than lumps'

    8th November 2016 – Women should be aware of a range of symptoms that might indicate breast cancer and not rely solely on feeling a lump in their breast, according to new preliminary research. A research team led by University College London (UCL) found that around 1 in 6 women (17%) seek medical ad

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  10. Breast cancer drug set for NHS approval

    3rd November 2016 – A drug that can extend the lives of some women with breast cancer by around 3 months is set to be approved for use on the NHS in England. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has changed its stance on eribulin after fresh evidence emerged of its effectiven

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