The survival rate for most the most common type of pancreatic cancer is half as good as previously thought, a major new study has shown. Just three per cent of people with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), which impacts 95 per cent of patients, will still be alive after five years, according to new research. A three year study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on behalf of Pancreatic Cancer UK found that the true figures have been masked because they are published collectively with another type called pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours or PNET, which has a far higher survival rate. The most recent survival statistics for England show that less than seven per cent of patients overall will live for five years or more, but the new research shows fewer than half will survive. Pancreatic Cancer UK said the new survival rate was unacceptable, and has called for greater investment in research funding. Diana Jupp, Chief Executive of the charity, … [Read more...] about Survival rate for most common type of pancreatic cancer is half as good as previously thought
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THE first heart transplant in the UK took place in 1968 and was the tenth in the world - but the patient only survived 45 days. Here's all the info on heart transplants in the country over the years. The first heart transplant patient in the UK Britain's first heart transplant patient was Fred West, 45, who was operated on by Donald Ross at the National Heart Hospital in London on May 3, 1968. The donor was Patrick Ryan, 26, a building worker who had suffered a terrible head injury in a workplace accident, which he could not have survived. Even so, there were wild claims - which doctors proved false at an inquest - that Mr Ryan was murdered for his heart. Ross later said: “We were excited about sewing in the heart, which is in fact, when you think about it technically, quite a simple plumbing job.” Sir Keith Ross, another of the surgeons involved in that operation, later recalled, according to the British Heart Foundation: “It was an intensely dramatic moment, I think … [Read more...] about When was the first heart transplant in the UK, what are the survival rates and can an artificial or pig heart be used?
News / UK and world by Press Association April 22, 2018, 12:47 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Very small differences in the way a patient lies during radiotherapy treatment for lung or oesophageal cancer can have a significant impact on how likely they are to survive, according to new research. Differences of only a few millimetres can mean that the radiation treatment designed to target patients’ tumours can move fractionally closer to the heart, where it can cause unintentional damage and reduce survival chances. The research was presented at the ESTRO 37 conference in Barcelona by Corinne Johnson, a medical physics PhD student at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre at the University of Manchester. She said her findings suggest that survival rates could be improved by amending treatment guidelines to ensure patients are positioned more accurately. Although radiotherapy can play an important role in treating … [Read more...] about Position of patient during radiotherapy affects survival rate, study finds
The share of people surviving deadly cancers has gone up across Europe, a new study has claimed33326-3/abstract). The paper, published in the Lancet ahead of World Cancer Day on Sunday, February 4, shows more Europeans are beating the disease. It says 85.6% of those with prostate cancer in Denmark survived between 2010-14, up from 63.6% a decade earlier. Lithuania’s breast cancer survival rate is now nearly three-quarters of affected women, up from around two-thirds in the 2000-04 period. That reflects a general upward trend in the EU countries studied: 82.8% beat the cancer, compared with 75.8% at the beginning of the century. Even deadlier cancers - like tumours in the lungs or liver - are not killing the same share of people as before. Latvia, where 20.4% survived lung cancer, has one of the best figures in Europe, while Ireland has seen the best improvement. Survival rates for liver cancer, meanwhile, show wide disparities across EU countries, from 20.7% in Belgium to just … [Read more...] about Cancer survival rates ‘improving across Europe’
Denmark's healthcare system has become better at testing for and treating cancer, according to a new report. The country now has survival figures close to those of neighbours Sweden, Norway and Finland, closing a previously significant gap. An international study concluded that more people in Denmark are now surviving cancer, reports Videnskab.dk. "It is fantastic that we have managed to turn the statistics around in just 15 years," Gerda Engholm, senior statistician with the Danish Cancer Society (Kræftens Bekæmpelse), told Videnskab.dk. Engholm provided Danish statistics to the study, which was carried out by international medical journal The Lancet. "We have made up ground on the other Nordic countries in many areas. We are still not quite as good, be we have really gained a lot," she said. One area of dramatic improvement is prostate cancer, with a 35 percent increase in survival rates. The general improvement is related to investment in better equipment and … [Read more...] about Cancer survival rates in Denmark improved: report