Quality of life outcomes similar for cabozantinib and everolimus

Data from the phase 3 METEOR trial published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology recently show that treatment of advanced kidney cancer patients with cabozantinib resulted in similar quality of life (QoL) outcomes as for patients treated with everolimus. Cabozantinib also improved progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and overall response rate (ORR) compared with everolimus. The […]

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Britain fails to narrow the cancer survival gap behind the best in the world

A new global study involving 37 million cancer patients in 71 countries reports that, despite improvements in survival rates over the past 15 years, Britain has failed to narrow the cancer survival gap behind the best countries in the world. The study suggests that thousands of lives are being lost to mediocre care in the […]

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Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) is an effective treatment for primary kidney cancer

Data from a pooled analysis published in the journal Cancer recently, shows that stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) can effectively treat patients with primary renal cell carcinoma (RCC), whilst preserving renal function. In this study, data from 233 people with RCC who had undergone SABR treatment were pooled; 118 patients received single-fraction SABR and 105 received […]

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Improved cancer care results in over 2,000 more people surviving cancer in 2017

An NHS England press release, published on Christmas Eve, reports that the changes made to improve cancer care following the recommendations made in the Cancer Strategy, have resulted in over 2,000 more people surviving cancer in 2017. In addition, survival rates have never been higher and the gap between the best and the worst areas […]

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NHS England publishes two-year progress report on delivery of the cancer strategy 2015-2020

The NHS is on-track to transform cancer services in England by 2020/21, according to a report published today by NHS England’s National Cancer Programme. The report details the investment the NHS is making in cancer transformation, such as: Modernisation of radiotherapy equipment throughout the country, including £130m invested over 2016-2018 for new and upgraded radiotherapy equipment […]

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Call to transform cancer services to improve survival rates in Wales

The following article by the BBC reported that 300 more patients might survive cancer each year in Wales if services were performed to the European average. Tom Crosby, medical director of the Wales Cancer Network, said there needed to be a “relentless drive to diagnose cancers earlier”. Wales has already been on a ‘fact finding’ […]

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UK cancer survival rates lag behind other European countries

A recent study, commissioned by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), reports that British cancer patients have the worst survival rates in Europe for nine out of ten major cancers.  The study found the UK had ‘below average rates of five-year survival in diseases such as bowel, lung, breast, ovarian, prostate and kidney cancer, […]

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National Cancer Patient Experience Survey show patients are increasingly positive about their NHS cancer care

The annual National Cancer Patient Experience Survey (NCPES) published today shows improvement in patient experiences of NHS cancer care over the past year. The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2016 asked 72,788 people with cancer for their views on their care within NHS England. When asked to rate their care on a scale of zero (very […]

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Office for National Statistics publishes latest cancer survival data

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the latest data on cancer survival in England for both adults and children, presented by stage of disease at diagnosis and followed up to 2016. Both one- and five-year survival data are presented, and ten-year survival data for some cancers. One-year survival was highest for melanoma of […]

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Waist measurements can predict risk of cancer

A recent study published in the British Journal of Cancer found that for each 11cm increase in waist circumference the risk of getting one of ten types of obesity-related cancers (such as kidney, colorectal or liver cancer) increased by 13%. This study used data from several European studies, and included more than 43,000 adults aged […]

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