Health

NHS bosses look to overhaul cancer screening

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Cancer screening programmes are to be reviewed following high-profile mistakes that have put thousands of patients in England at risk.NHS England has asked former government cancer tsar Sir Mike Richards to look at what changes are needed.Three national schemes cover breast, cervical and bowel cancers.On Wednesday, it emerged letters about the cervical cancer tests that should have gone to 40,000 women between January and
Entertainment

Michelle Keegan vlogs about her cervical cancer screening

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption The actress said she would use excuses to avoid the test Michelle Keegan has urged women to go for smear tests in an Instagram post about her own test.The actress admitted she had been putting it off "for quite a long time", ignoring numerous letters."I was really apprehensive", she wrote, and would use the excuse of being "too busy", before adding: "Let's face it
Health

Glowing chemical ‘could aid brain cancer surgery’

[ad_1] Image caption The chemical causes tumours to glow pink under UV light A chemical that makes brain tumours glow pink could help surgeons to remove the cancer safely, a trial suggests.Scientists gave people with suspected glioma a drink containing 5-ALA, a substance known to accumulate in fast-growing cancer cells.The pink glow the chemical causes was found in people with the most aggressive cancers. Researchers hope it will make it
Health

Bill Turnbull: Cancer chemo treatment was ‘unbearable’

[ad_1] Image copyright Radio Times Bill Turnbull has described dealing with cancer every day as "relentlessly boring" and admitted he asked doctors to stop his "unbearable" chemotherapy.The former BBC Breakfast anchor, who's now a presenter on Classic FM, said: "I just couldn't bear it any longer." After that round of chemo in July - his eighth - he went on to have one more. Turnbull said he coped with the
US & World

Cervical cancer: Australia ‘to be first to eliminate disease’

[ad_1] Image copyright CANCER COUNCIL AUSTRALIA Image caption Cervical cancer is being successfully reduced by prevention schemes Australia will become the first country to effectively eliminate cervical cancer if vaccination and screening rates are maintained, researchers say.The disease could be eradicated as a public health issue nationally within 20 years, according to new modelling.It is predicted to be classified as a "rare cancer" in Australia by 2022, when it should
Health

Landmark cancer therapy wins Nobel prize for medicine

[ad_1] Image copyright SPL Two scientists who discovered how to fight cancer using the body's immune system have won the 2018 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine. The work, by Professor James P Allison from the US and Professor Tasuku Honjo from Japan, has led to treatments for advanced, deadly skin cancer. Immune checkpoint therapy has revolutionised cancer treatment, said the prize-giving Swedish Academy. Experts say it has proved to
Health

Cancer mum denied disability cash

[ad_1] Image copyright Tom McWilliams Image caption Roisin's father, Tom McWilliams, said the situation was "soul destroying" A single mother with stage four cancer has been denied disability benefit.Roisin McWilliams, from west Belfast, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma on Christmas Day last year.Due to her illness, Miss McWilliams had to leave her £1,300-a-month job as a chef because "she couldn't breathe" after fracturing her rib from coughing.In April, the 28-year-old
Health

Pathologists shortage ‘delaying cancer diagnosis’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Patients are facing delays in diagnosis because of severe shortages among pathology staff, according to a report seen by the BBC. A survey by the Royal College of Pathologists found only 3% of the NHS histopathology departments that responded had enough staff. Histopathologists are doctors and scientists who diagnose and study diseases such as cancer.Hundreds more pathologists are now working in the NHS, health chiefs
UK News

Newspaper headlines: Cancer ‘wonder drug’ and ‘Babs heart op’

[ad_1] Newspaper headlines: Cancer 'wonder drug' and 'Babs heart op' By BBC News Staff Image caption The Metro leads on the news a life-saving cancer treatment will be given to young people on the NHS in England after it was fast-tracked for approval. The paper says "wonder drug" Kymriah is among a new generation of treatments and has cured 40% of people with late-stage leukaemia in trials. Image caption The