PANCREATIC cancer is the eleventh most common type of cancer in the UK and the sixth highest cause of cancer death. The disease - which soul legend Aretha Franklin battled for years before her death aged 76 - affects a large gland that is part of the digestive system. What is pancreatic cancer? The pancreas is an elongated gland located behind the stomach and under the liver. It has two main functions: dripping digestive enzymes into the gut to help break down food, and releasing the hormones insulin and glucagon to regulate blood sugar. Pancreatic cancer occurs when malignant - cancerous - cells form in the tissues of the pancreas. Around 9,800 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK every year - 27 a day. It is more common in older people and rare in people under 40. Almost half of all new cases are diagnosed in people aged 75 and over. Survival rates in England and Wales have hardly improved in 40 years and are among the lowest of all cancers, partly because … [Read more...] about What is pancreatic cancer, what are the symptoms of the disease Aretha Franklin fought and what does the pancreas do?
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SQUEEZING the pipette of cannabis oil under her tongue, Ceri Jones closed her eyes and took a deep breath. “Please save my life,” she thought. In May this year, Ceri had bought a marijuana tincture from an online supplier in Germany in a bid to out-smart advanced, aggressive pancreatic cancer. Is cannabis oil illegal in the UK, is it different from concentrated CBD oil and can it be used to treat cancer? “Until medicinal cannabis is freely and legally available, I know I’m breaking the law,” admits Ceri, 38, from Surrey. “But when I was told I was out of treatment options, I decided I’d try anything so my children don’t grow up without me.” Last month, medicinal marijuana hit the headlines again with the story of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell from County Tyrone, who suffers from drug-resistant epilepsy and experiences up to 100 seizures a day. When his mother Charlotte, 50, returned to the UK after flying to Canada to legally obtain … [Read more...] about From tackling cancer to beating anxiety, medicinal cannabis helps thousands of people around the world — yet it’s illegal in the UK
PLAGUED with a blocked nose, Aaron Winstanley knew it was more than just a cold. The 29-year-old was told by doctors he was suffering hay fever. They prescribed him steroids, antibiotics and antihistamines in the hope it would ease his symptoms. But, just months later, Aaron went blind in one eye. Tests revealed he was actually suffering a rare form of cancer, alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma in August 2016. After rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the 29-year-old is now trying to raise £300,000 for treatment, not available on the NHS. He said he's just desperate for more time with his wife Saraya, after the cancer, which started in his cheek, spread throughout his body. He told Hull Live: "I just want more time with my incredible wife Saraya. "She is fighting so hard for my life, she inspires me each and every day. "I found it hard to ask for help at first but your ego soon disappears when it is life or death and you realise how many people care and want to help you." So far, … [Read more...] about Man, 29, whose rare cancer was mistaken for HAY FEVER desperate to raise £300k for pioneering immunotherapy
AN eagle-eyed doctor spotted a cancerous lump on a TV contestants throat after realising it was a sign of the disease. Dr Erich Voigt may have saved the woman's life after tracking her down hundreds of miles to warn her about her condition. Voigt, an ear, nose and throat specialist at NYU Langone Health, was watching HGTV’s “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” in early May when he noticed the small bump on the left side of Nicole McGuinness’ throat. The doctor, who has examined thousands of patients with similar symptoms, said the lump had a specific asymmetrical look and “way of moving under the skin” when she spoke that worried him. "I was relaxing after a day of work, watching beautiful beach houses and day-dreaming," Voigt told the New York Post. "But then I noticed the lump. It stood out — and I went from being relaxed to [thinking], gosh, she may have a medical problem. "I thought, I don’t think she knows she has this. I felt … [Read more...] about Eagle-eyed doctor spots TV contestant’s cancer – realising lump on her neck is a sign of the disease
Health By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website 8 June 2016 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36482333 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Early trial data shows a drug developed using artificial intelligence can slow the growth of cancer in clinical trials. The data, presented at the American Society of Clinical … [Read more...] about Artificial Intelligence ‘outsmarts cancer’