Funding for seven pancreatic cancer research projects offers hope for new ways to tackle lethal disease
- Tuesday, 07 May 2013
National charity Pancreatic Cancer UK has today announced the award of seven grants, amounting to nearly £0.5 million, as part of the first round of its Research Innovation Fund.
The intention of the Research Innovation Fund is to spur creative and cutting edge ideas and approaches, including those successful in other areas of cancer, that have justifiable promise for the biology, treatment and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
- Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, with more than 8 in 10 bowel cancer cases in people aged 60 or over and claiming a life every half an hour. Despite the shocking statistics, the good news is that bowel cancer can be successfully treated in over 90% of cases if caught early. This is why, if you are diagnosed early enough, it can make a huge difference.
During Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April, Beating Bowel Cancer is highlighting the things you can do to make a difference. The charity wants to make people more aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer and to be more open about your bowel habits. The deeply embedded fear of cancer and the widely felt embarrassment about this bodily function means people aren’t going to their GP with concerns. The charity is urging everyone not to ignore the symptoms and seek your doctor’s advice if you are showing any of the signs.
- Wednesday, 17 April 2013
The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has released new research published in the British Medical Journal today which explores whether measuring PSA levels in men aged 40-55 could predict their risk of dying from prostate cancer later in life.
Commenting on the study Dr Sarah Cant, Director of Policy and Strategy at Prostate Cancer UK said: “This research takes us a step closer to developing better knowledge about which men could be at higher risk of developing aggressive forms of prostate cancer in later life. But more research must be done to get us closer to a targeted screening programme for this disease which is so desperately needed.
- Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Older bladder cancer patients are less likely than younger patients to receive treatments intended to cure their disease such as surgery to remove the bladder or radiotherapy. But this difference cannot be fully explained by age, according to new research by scientists published in the British Journal of Cancer, today.
Researchers, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research at the University of Sheffield, looked at the records of around 3,300 bladder cancer patients diagnosed in Sheffield between 1994 and 2009. They wanted to investigate how age, type of bladder cancer and treatment affected the chances of surviving the disease.
- Friday, 08 March 2013
New report highlights dramatically different standards of care across Europe for men with advanced prostate cancer
European healthcare systems are failing to deliver the latest medical breakthroughs to men with advanced prostate cancer, according to a new report published today. Despite prostate cancer being the most common malignancy in men, patients with advanced disease face a lottery in the standard of care they receive, with wide discrepancies in access to the latest treatment advances depending on the country they live in.
- Friday, 01 March 2013
Prostate Cancer UK urges nation to find out about disease and visit local Marks & Spencer to show support for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
More than two thirds (69%) of men are not prioritising their health and only see their GP when urgent, a poll published on the first day of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (Friday, March 1st) has found. Men over 50 are more at risk of developing prostate cancer, yet the poll found that three out of five men (62%) aged 45 or over admitted they did not monitor their health and only saw the GP when absolutely necessary. Over two in five (42%) of men aged over 45 said they should go for health check ups, but never got around to it. And almost half (47%) of men in this age group said they did not know there are often no symptoms of prostate cancer.
- Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Much-loved comedian, Bill Bailey, is standing up to front Prostate Cancer UK’s new campaign to ‘crack’ prostate cancer once and for all. New statistics show that despite being the most common cancer in men and the fourth most common cancer overall, prostate cancer lies twentieth in the ‘league table’ of annual cancer research spend per case diagnosed.
Prostate cancer kills one man every hour and the number of men with the disease is rising at an alarming rate. Already the most common cancer in men, it is predicted to become the most common cancer of all in the UK by 2030.
- Monday, 18 February 2013
ALMOST everyone (98 per cent) who had the new bowel cancer test – soon to become part of the national screening programme – said they were glad to have gone through the experience, according to a study published today (Monday) in the Journal of Medical Screening.
Cancer Research UK scientists asked 1020 people who had had a flexible sigmoidoscopy test about any side-effects they experienced and their satisfaction with the procedure.
- Thursday, 14 February 2013
A research scientist told yesterday how a drug she helped develop saved her life - after she was diagnosed with the same form of cancer it was created to fight.
Dr Hayley Farmer, 39, works for Cancer Research UK as part of a team responsible for clinical trials on new medicines and vaccines.
She was part of a drug office which worked on Cisplatin - which they developed to be used to fight ovarian cancer.
But as Dr Farmer carried out her work she had no idea she was suffering from the disease - until a routine smear test in April 2007 revealed she had cervical cancer.
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