What to expect: Enrolling on a cancer clinical trial during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of changes to patient care, particularly in hospitals with high numbers of COVID-19 cases. For some patients with cancer, the pandemic has resulted in changes to their treatment and/or the replacement of in-person hospital visits with virtual patient assessments. The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to adaptations […]

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Obesity and kidney cancer

A large review of the data showed that cancer specific survival and prognosis were improved in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients who were overweight or obese compared with patients with a normal body mass index (BMI). Data from 50,717 RCC patients were reviewed in this study. This review showed that cancer specific survival, progression-free survival […]

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What is genetic testing for cancer?

This article gives a good summary of the use of genetic tests to indicate your risk of developing certain cancers, as well as the down sides of genetic testing. Genetic tests can determine whether you are at risk of developing cancer by finding mutations in a person’s genes. The risk of developing cancer increases if […]

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Liquid biopsies for kidney cancer

New research from the Medical University of Graz in Austria in collaboration with Cancer Research UK, Cambridge on the detection of tumour DNA in the blood and urine of kidney cancer patients was published in the journal Genome Medicine last month. The detection of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) in blood or urine, known as ‘liquid […]

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Research suggests that B cells also play a role in the response to immunotherapy

A recent paper published in the journal Nature earlier this year shed some light on why some patients with soft-tissue sarcoma survived longer than others. The researchers expected that it came down to which patients had the most T cells, an immune cell known to contribute to the success of immunotherapy. However, after studying the […]

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ASCO GU Cancers Symposium Highlights 2020

Over 4,000 delegates attended the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Genitourinary (GU) Cancers Symposium in San Francisco, 13-15 February 2020. The International Kidney Cancer Coalition (IKCC) was present with a booth to raise awareness, and also attended many of the medical and patient advocacy sessions. The past couple of years have been watershed years […]

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Scientists develop new technique to ‘listen in’ on cancer cells

A research study published in Nature Methods has uncovered a new technique to ‘listen in’ to how millions of individual cancer cells are communicating with each other in miniature tumours grown in the laboratory. This research is the first time that scientists have been able to analyse the signalling molecules that cancer cells use to […]

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Patients ‘left in the dark’ by the NHS over cancer treatments

Macmillan Cancer Support has recently published the results from their annual Cancer Patient Experience Survey, which reveals that around 120,000 cancer patients a year feel that topics, such as treatments and side effects, were not fully explained to them by NHS staff. This made them feel “left in the dark” by the NHS. Thirty-nine percent […]

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Integrative oncology: using evidence-based medicine to improve patient outcomes and quality of life

A recent article published in Cancer Therapy Advisor describes what is meant by ‘integrative oncology’ and how evidence based medicine can be used to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide, and new cases of cancer may rise to 23.6 million per year by 2030. However, […]

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New risk scoring system for metastatic kidney cancer

The treatment options for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) have changed considerably over the past 10 years with the introduction of immunotherapies, such as nivolumab, ipilimumab and pembrolizumab. However, with the new treatments comes the challenge of selecting the most effective treatment for each individual patient. Clinicians are constantly looking for ways to discover which […]

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