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  1. New advanced kidney cancer treatment

    16th December 2014 – The NHS in England is planning to recommend a new treatment for kidney cancer called axitinib (Inlyta). It is for the treatment of some people with a condition called advanced renal cell carcinoma. This is a type of cancer that starts in specialised kidney cells lining the small

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  2. Breastfeeding 'protects against breast cancer'

    12th December 2014 – Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of developing breast cancer in future years, according to new US research. An analysis of 27 studies involving 36,881 women from 4 continents who had invasive breast cancer found that a previous history of breastfeeding reduced their risk b

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  3. Call for more targeted tests for cancer genes

    1st December 2014 – A cancer charity is calling for more women in certain groups to have genetic testing to see if they carry gene mutations that put them at high risk of cancer. Women carrying a BRCA 1 or 2 gene mutation have approximately a 20% to 45% chance of developing ovarian cancer and a 50%

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  4. GPs urged to boost cancer diagnoses

    20th November 2014 – GPs will be encouraged to increase the number of patients referred to hospital for cancer tests under new advice issued today. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says that delays in spotting the early signs of cancer could be leading to thousands of unn

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  5. NHS announces squeeze on Cancer Drugs Fund

    13th November 2014 – More than 40 life-extending cancer medicines could be removed from a special fund set up by the coalition government following a review of their cost-effectiveness. The Cancer Drugs Fund was set up 4 years ago to give patients in England access to new treatments that are too exp

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  6. Big variation in prostate cancer treatment

    10th November 2014 - The first report looking at NHS services in England and Wales for men diagnosed with prostate cancer has been published today. The National Prostate Cancer Audit (NPCA) has found that hospitals are increasingly using advanced techniques to diagnose and treat men with prostate ca

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  7. Single blood test 'could speed cancer diagnosis'

    3rd November 2014 – Scientists in the UK say a single blood test for earlier detection of cancer is a step closer after they discovered more than 800 biomarkers in the blood of cancer patients. All cancers produce markers in the blood, raising the possibility of a general screening test for many dif

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  8. What links power lines and childhood cancer?

    There have been lots of studies looking into whether children who live close to high-voltage electricity wires (power lines) have a raised chance of getting cancer. The results of these studies have been mixed. Some have found that children who live close to power lines are more likely to get a type

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  9. Heart warning for prostate cancer hormone drugs

    Prostate cancer is common. More than 41,000 men in the UK found out they had prostate cancer in 2011. But many prostate cancers grow very slowly and don’t spread to other parts of the body. And, because most men with prostate cancer are over age 65, many more men with prostate cancer die of other co

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  10. Cancer drugs fund 'papering over the cracks'

    29th October 2014 – A £200 million a year fund to give patients in England access to cancer medication not routinely available on the NHS is "papering over the cracks of a much bigger issue", according to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. It says the real issue is how to make expensive innovative treatmen

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