NHS plans to prohibit surgery for smokers and the obese provoke fury

A report in The Telegraph describes NHS plans to prohibit patients from non-urgent surgery unless they lose weight or stop smoking. The plans have been drawn up by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Hertfordshire, who have said that obese patients “will not get non-urgent surgery until they reduce their weight” unless the circumstances are exceptional. Smokers will […]

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Papillary renal cell carcinoma has reduced cancer-specific mortality post-surgery

A study conducted by researchers at the Mannheim Medical Centre in Germany looked at cancer-specific outcomes in 7,543 European and North American patients who underwent radical or partial nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma (RCC). There were 1,943 patients with papillary RCC and 5,600 with clear cell RCC. The median follow-up was 64.6 months. The results […]

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European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) highlights from the IKCC

The International Kidney Cancer Coalition (IKCC) had a booth at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2017 conference in Madrid last week. Please follow the link below to read the kidney cancer highlights from the conference. Read the kidney cancer highlights from ESMO on the IKCC website

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Management of renal medullary carcinoma

Renal medullary carcinoma is a very rare subtype of renal cell carcinoma. This is a very devastating tumour, and it affects mostly patients of African descent, and patients with the sickle-cell trait. These patients in general have a survival of about one year from diagnosis, which is very devastating in this typically young patient population. […]

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Surgery to remove metastases could increase life expectancy for late-stage kidney cancer patients

Research published by the Mayo Clinic in America has shown that surgery could more than double life expectancy for many patients with late-stage kidney cancer, giving them up to 10 years more than they would have had without the surgery. The study was published recently in The Journal of Urology, and reported a “clinically meaningful difference […]

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