Surgical delay and survival in patients with T2 kidney tumours

This was a retrospective analysis of 11,848 patients who had surgery for a stage T2 renal mass. The researchers looked at the effect of a delay in surgery on overall survival. This study was conducted before the coronavirus pandemic between 2004 and 2015. A delay in surgery between 5 to 6 months resulted in worse […]

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NHS to rollout twice weekly testing of NHS staff

The NHS is to rollout twice weekly testing of NHS staff earlier than anticipated. The first 34 trusts should receive a kit for asymptomatic testing by the end of this week. This will benefit 250,000 staff. The tests will be rolled out to the rest of the English hospitals by the end of next week. […]

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New coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year

Fantastic news this morning as the NHS announced an imminent new coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said vaccination clinics would be open seven days a week and centres set up in places such as sports halls. However, it is not clear yet how many people will need to […]

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PDIGREE trial: Ipilimumab plus nivolumab with cabozantinib for untreated advanced kidney cancer

During this video interview from UroToday, Dr Tian Zhang from the Duke Cancer Centre in North Carolina, USA talks about the PDIGREE trial and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the trial. PDIGREE is a novel adaptive study which will help answer many important questions, such as treatment duration, when to use vascular endothelial […]

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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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The flu vaccination programme during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Government have released guidance on delivering the flu vaccination programme during the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020/2021. This will be the largest national flu immunisation programme to date offering 30 million people a vaccine. This edition also covers co-infection of flu and COVID-19 and provides calls to action for the wider health economy and local […]

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UK Government’s Vaccine Taskforce

The UK Government has set up the Vaccine Taskforce; a huge international effort to develop clinically safe and effective vaccines. The Vaccine Taskforce was the brainchild of Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK Government’s chief scientific advisor, who saw the need to drive forward the development of vaccines for the UK and internationally. The Vaccine Taskforce […]

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Who should be prioritised for vaccination?

Initially, as coronavirus vaccines and preventative medicines become available for COVID-19, demand is likely to outstrip supply. A strategy is needed to ensure the people who need it the most are first in line for vaccination and/or treatment. Advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation suggests that people older than 65 years of […]

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NHS statement about COVID-19 reponse

Please Read here the NHS response to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 31 October 2020: Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) 31 October 2020, NHS Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis, said: “Daily hospital covid admissions are now higher than on 23 March when the Prime Minister announced the first national lockdown. “NHS […]

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Most coronavirus-positive cancer patients are asymptomatic

Most studies have shown that many cancer patients are at high risk of developing severe forms of COVID-19. In a study of nearly 900 cancer patients with coronavirus in the UK, for instance, the death rate was estimated to be 33.6%, which is much higher than the general population. However, most of these patients were […]

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