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The new NHS 10-year plan could save up to 500,000 lives by focusing on prevention and early detection, reports BBC News. We blogged about the announcement, which includes important commitments on cancer, including early diagnosis, more support for smokers and offering genetic testing to all children with cancer. But while the plan has been described as a ‘good starting point’, experts have warned that its success is threatened by NHS staff shortages. The Guardian has more.
Scientists have developed a sponge that could help to mop up excess chemotherapy in the blood and reduce side effects. The 3D printed sponge is designed to sit inside a vein that leads away from a tumour so it can absorb any excess chemotherapy. So far, the sponge has only been tested in pigs, but it was found to remove around 64% of the drug from the bloodstream. BBC News has the story.
A high fibre diet can cut the risk of early death by up to a third, reports The Sun. Combining results from a large number of studies, researchers found that those who ate foods high in fibre, such as fruit, vegetables and wholemeal bread and pasta, had lower rates of diseases like cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Northern Ireland health trusts have once again missed waiting time targets for cancer treatment in 2018, reports the Irish Times. Figures from July, August and September last year show that only 64 in 100 patients who are urgently referred by their GP with suspected cancer started treatment within 62 days. The target is 95 in 100 patients beginning treatment within this timeframe, which has not been met since it was set up in 2009.
Over 18,000 patients with suspected cancer each month are waiting too long to start treatment or see a specialist in England. The Guardian picked up the figures, which show that performance against waiting time targets has fallen to its lowest ever level.
Researchers have identified a molecule that could boost an immune cell’s ability to kill cancer, reports Medical News Today. This type of immune cell, called a myeloid cell, is often tricked by cancer cells into helping them grow and divide. But researchers have developed a molecule that can stop this deception, which slowed tumour growth in mice.
86 in 100 people in Wales think deals like ‘buy one get one free’ encourage people to buy junk food, according to a survey we commissioned. ITV Wales covered the results.
Our CEO, Michelle Mitchell, writes that when it comes to tackling obesity, it’s time for the Scottish Government to act. The comment piece appeared in The Times in Scotland.
Scientists are testing if a gel containing a form of tamoxifen could help reduce breast density, a risk factor for breast cancer, reports the Mail Online. The trial will involve 330 women in the US, Germany and Spain applying the gel daily to both breasts for a year.
1 in 5 adults have put off seeking medical advice, according to a new survey by healthcare provider Bupa. The Independent covered the survey results, which found embarrassment over symptoms led to people waiting for more than 2 months to contact a healthcare professional.
An interesting article in Nature covers research testing a new approach to treat brain tumours for the first time in people. The treatment involves creating a vaccine based on the genetics of a person’s tumour, which could help to boost their immune system’s ability to fight cancer. Scientists found that while technique did generate some immune responses in people with brain tumours, the effects were limited.Read moreNEXT ARTICLE
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