PROSTATE cancer is the most common cancer in British blokes, with more than 40,000 NEW cases diagnosed every year, including ex-BBC host Bill Turnball and TV personality Stephen Fry. It is also the third deadliest cancer in the UK and the disease develops slowly, meaning many men don't know they have it for several years. Here's what you need to know about the disease... What is prostate cancer? The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis, which only men have. It can be between the size of a walnut or satsuma and runs between the penis and the bladder, and around the urethra (the tube men pee and ejaculate through). The main function of the prostate is to produce a think white fluid, which is mixed with sperm to create semen. Prostate cancer occurs when the cells start to grow in an uncontrolled way. Many men live long lives with prostate cancer but it is important to treat it and stop it spreading elsewhere in the body. Prostate cancer currently kills 10,900 men-a-year … [Read more...] about What is prostate cancer, what has Bill Turnbull said about it and what are the symptoms of Stephen Fry’s condition?
Experimental lung cancer treatments
Scientists have heralded a “breakthrough” in cancer treatment after deciphering the genetic code of thousands of tumours providing a road map for more effective treatment and new drug development. A groundbreaking international collaboration has shown how tumours in different parts of the body, which have previously been treated as separate diseases, have molecular similarities which could render them vulnerable to drugs already on the market. The research redefines cancer types beyond terms such as breast and bowel, which are descriptions only of where the cancer first arose. Instead, the newly uncovered molecular makeup of cancers could lead to “drastic changes” in how the best drugs for patients are chosen. Doctors told The Independent it could change the “traditional” method of treatment based on the location of tumours and allow clinical trials to “identify patients most likely to benefit” from experimental drugs. Science news … [Read more...] about Major breakthrough in cancer care as gene map paves way for new treatments
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0 Comments Ex-Northern Ireland Secretary Brokenshire backs calls for new NHS approach to experimental cancer treatment BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Former Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire has voiced support for Dame Tessa Jowell’s calls to allow cancer patients to be free to take the risk of undergoing more experimental treatments on the NHS. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/exnorthern-ireland-secretary-brokenshire-backs-calls-for-new-nhs-approach-to-experimental-cancer-treatment-36638635.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article36638632.ece/3abab/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_5fa3cd84-39bb-4ab0-9b88-1731e4fbefdf_1 Email Former Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire has voiced support for Dame Tessa Jowell’s calls to allow cancer patients to be free to take the risk of undergoing more experimental treatments on the NHS. The Old Bexley and Sidcup MP, who returned to Parliament on Tuesday after undergoing surgery for lung cancer, … [Read more...] about Ex-Northern Ireland Secretary Brokenshire backs calls for new NHS approach to experimental cancer treatment
Former Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire has voiced support for Dame Tessa Jowell’s calls to allow cancer patients to be free to take the risk of undergoing more experimental treatments on the NHS. The Old Bexley and Sidcup MP, who returned to Parliament on Tuesday after undergoing surgery for lung cancer, said it was time to “challenge the thinking” around ways to treat the disease. Baroness Jowell, who has brain cancer, has called for more opportunities for “adaptive trials” in which patients can undergo different treatments, and if one does not work they can immediately move on to the next. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Brokenshire said it was time to asses how “novel” therapies could be made accessible to help those fighting the disease, while ensuring the system still protects patients. He said: “Of course, equally ensuring you are not abusing that situation and taking advantage of people in hard, difficult … [Read more...] about Brokenshire backs calls for new NHS approach to experimental cancer treatment