Blood test that detects 50 types of cancer

A simple blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer is to be piloted by NHS England in the autumn. The test identifies circulating free DNA (cfDNA) from cancer before any clinical signs or symptoms of the disease emerge. It is hoped it will eventually become a screening test for the early […]

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Kidney cancer screening pilot piggybacking on Leeds Lung Health Check

Following a chance finding during a lung health screen, a Leeds man discovered that he had kidney cancer. After being spotted early, the cancer was successfully removed. People taking part in a pioneering lung screening trial in Leeds will now also be checked for kidney cancer following additional funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research. This pilot […]

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COVID-19: Cancer screening programmes return to normal?

Oncologists have learnt many lessons during the first wave of the pandemic. Some of them are positive, such as changes in patient pathways to simplify and rationalise clinical resources and processes, but others are not. The following video and article highlights the effects of the pandemic on cancer screening programmes. While most of them are […]

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Potential screening blood test for early kidney cancer

Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, USA have used a DNA-sequencing blood test to identify some of the earliest signs of kidney cancer, for which a reliable screening test is not yet available. The researchers analysed sequences of DNA and tagged certain pieces of genetic code with molecules that alter their function. In […]

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Government pledges to overhaul cancer screening

The government has pledged an overhaul of cancer screening to help improve diagnosis and treatment of the disease. The plans are to make £200 million of new funding available for state-of-the-art MRI, CT and breast cancer screening machines to replace the oldest machines with new, cutting-edge technology. More than 300 diagnostic machines will be provided […]

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