Get cancer symptoms checked out

The NHS has launched a programme to encourage patients to have any potential cancer symptoms checked out: NHS staff have worked hard to ensure that cancer services have been maintained throughout the pandemic. Between March and September, over 1 million people were referred by their GP with suspected cancer, and over 291,000 cancer treatments were […]

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Study shows steep rise in people waiting for cancer tests

The results from two studies have been released to show the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer care in the UK. Data from Cancer Research UK showed a steep rise in the number of people waiting for diagnostic tests, while a study by the Institute for Cancer Research (ICR) published in The Lancet warned that […]

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Drop in the number of cancer diagnoses

A study from Macmillan Cancer Support suggests that cancer is going undiagnosed for up to 2,000 people a week due to COVID-19 concerns in hospitals and GP surgeries. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in patients having appointments cancelled or postponed, or diagnostics being delayed because patients are concerned about attending hospital due to concerns about […]

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NHS Rapid Diagnostic Centres – vision and implementation specification

The NHS Cancer Programme has published the Vision and 2019/20 Implementation Specification for Rapid Diagnostic Centres, a key element of the NHS Long Term Plan for cancer. This document outlines the vision and approach for how Rapid Diagnostic Centres will develop and support the transformation of cancer diagnosis services over time. It also describes how […]

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Improving timely detection of bladder and kidney cancer in primary care

Bladder and kidney cancer present with similar symptoms and are diagnosed via the same pathway. However, diagnosis of these cancers can be challenging, especially kidney cancer, where many of the symptoms are non-specific and around half of all patients are diagnosed incidentally when under investigation for an unrelated condition. Most of these two cancers are […]

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Breath test for cancer enters clinical trials

Cancer Research UK are pioneering a potential breath test for cancer. A clinical trial, being led by Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald, is about to start at the MRC Cancer Unit at the University of Cambridge. The trial is looking at ways to bring this potential cancer test into the clinic. “The PAN trial is seeing if you […]

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Almost half of all kidney cancer patients initially misdiagnosed

The results of the annual Kidney Cancer UK patient survey have been published in PharmaTimes and show that in 45% of patients surveyed the disease was first mistaken for less serious conditions such as a urine infection, kidney stones or respiratory problems. Also, almost half of the patients surveyed (48%) were diagnosed with the later […]

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Trends in the clinical characteristics of kidney cancer

Researchers from the IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy, examined trends in the clinical characteristics of high-risk renal cell carcinoma (RCC) over a 25-year period. Their findings, which were published in Anticancer Research this month, reported that patients are being diagnosed at an older age and with smaller tumours. Also, the number of patients […]

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‘One-stop shops’ for earlier cancer diagnosis

NHS England are introducing “one-stop shops” aimed at speeding up cancer diagnosis across England. The aim of these centres is to catch the disease earlier and prevent patients from being referred for several tests for a variety of conditions, which often results in delays in diagnosis, especially if patients have non-specific symptoms. This “step change” […]

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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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