55,000 cancer patients miss treatment target over 6 years

Cancer Research UK has reported that over the past 6 years, almost 55,000 cancer patients have missed the 62-day wait for treatment. The key reasons for this are shortages in workforce and diagnostic equipment. These patients should have been diagnosed quicker and started treatment sooner. However, the government’s own target of 85% of cancer patients […]

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ESMO 2021: COVID-19 vaccine in cancer patients is comparable to the general population

The latest findings from five studies presented at the ESMO Congress 2021 help cut short the debate on the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines in cancer patients and re-affirm ESMO’s recommendations for early vaccination of this high-priority population, as outlined in the ESMO ten statements, which were updated in April 2021. Patients with cancer or a history […]

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ESMO 2021: Cabozantinib for collecting duct carcinoma – the BONSAI study

Metastatic collecting duct carcinoma is an aggressive form of RCC, which is poorly researched and understood. There is an unmet need for an effective treatment for these patients, and very few clinical trials allow these patients to take part. This single centre, phase 2 trial tested cabozantinib in untreated patients with collecting duct carcinoma that […]

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NHS England to trial new blood test for over 50 types of cancer

NHS England is about to start a large-scale trial of a new blood test that can detect over 50 types of early stage cancer. The test is called the Galleri test, and is able to identify early signs of cancer in the blood before people start to experience symptoms. The test has been shown to […]

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Immunotherapy and COVID-19 in cancer patients

A recent review published in the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer looks at the implications of people with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) taking immune checkpoint inhibitors and contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Cancer patients are considered at high risk during the coronavirus pandemic. However, this review states that, although additional studies are needed, the most up-to-date […]

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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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