The link between physical exercise and cancer

Physical activity has many benefits, including increasing the chance of living a healthy life beyond retirement, lowering the risk of being overweight, improving mental health, and lowering the risk for various diseases, including cancer. Various observational studies, a type of study in which individuals are observed or certain outcomes are measured, have shown that leisure-time […]

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Open letter from cancer charities to the public

Forty (40) charities and organisations have written an open letter, urging the public to help keep vulnerable people safe as restrictions ease. Rose Woodward, Founder and Patient Advocate of KCSN, was one of those who endorsed this letter. The letter was published in The Guardian yesterday: Here is the letter in full: Tomorrow in England […]

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Survey finds kidney cancer patients face anxiety over delayed scan results

A survey by Kidney Cancer UK involving 77 kidney cancer patients found that up to 85% are suffering from ‘scanxiety’ and that 66% of patients are waiting at least three weeks after their scan while 20% are waiting for eight weeks or longer for their results. The survey also found that almost half of all […]

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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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World Kidney Cancer Day 2021

World Kidney Cancer Day 2021 takes place this Thursday 17 June. The theme of this year’s campaign is “We need to talk about how we’re feeling” to raise awareness and address the psychosocial issues experienced by kidney cancer patients, both within the UK and on a global scale. This campaign has been confounded by the current COVID-19 pandemic and the shielding of […]

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Role of circulating tumour cells in kidney cancer

Circulating tumour cells in the blood of cancer patients are markers for a poor outcome (prognosis) in people with breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer. However, little data is available for renal cell carcinoma (RCC). This multicentre observational study looked at the link between the number of circulating tumour cells and survival in people with […]

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Immune cell helps prevent kidney cancer recurrence

Recurrence occurs when cancer comes back after surgery, or after a period of time being cancer-free. For people with clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most common type of kidney cancer, the recurrent cancer can spread and develop into metastatic disease, despite treatment. A new study from researchers at Columbia University in the USA […]

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Cells from the centre of tumours are most likely to spread around the body

Research published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution led by scientists from the Francis Crick Institute, Royal Marsden, University College London and Cruces University Hospital has found that cells from different parts of kidney tumours behave differently. The researchers have discovered that cells from the centre of a kidney cancer tumour are the most […]

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Local and regional recurrences of localised kidney cancer after nephrectomy

In this study 15 years of data from a single hospital were assessed to look at the outcomes of people who had had surgery for localised renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Of the 1895 people who were assessed, 30 (1.6%) had a single local recurrence of their cancer without distant spread (metastases). In total, 26 of […]

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Potential role for routine brain imaging in advanced kidney cancer

A recent study published in Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network suggests that brain scans should be considered in most patients with metastatic kidney cancer. 1,689 people with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) had MRI brain scans for entry into clinical trials. Of these, 4% had brain metastases that did not show any symptoms. […]

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