Scientists deliver knock-out blow to multiple cancers

Targeting healthy cells that have been hijacked by cancer cells could help treat many different types of the disease, according to research funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute today (Thursday). Scientists found that targeting an enzyme known as NOX4 stops the action of a type of cell … Read more

Simple test predicts return of bladder cancer

Scientists have devised a simple test for an earlier and more accurate warning of returning bladder cancer than existing methods, according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer. Researchers from the University Hospital of Lyon tested the urine of 348 bladder cancer patients for a faulty protein called TERT, and this was able to predict when the cancer … Read more

GMC warns patients not to take risks to get ‘beach body ready’

The General Medical Council (GMC) has warned people considering cosmetic interventions in search of a ‘beach ready’ body to think twice before embarking on what could be risky procedures. A year after the GMC’s new standards came into force – ensuring doctors work safely and putting a stop to high pressure sales techniques and two-for-one … Read more

Cancer patients in England spend 5 million days in hospital in the first year of diagnosis

Each patient spends 20 days on average in hospital during the first year of a cancer diagnosis New research from Macmillan Cancer Support and Public Health England’s National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) finds that on average a person diagnosed with cancer will spend 20 days in hospital during the first year. Overall, cancer patients … Read more

Local NHS calls for views from local patients

The local commissioners for health services, NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is looking to improve children’s continence service and is calling for views from local patients and carers. If a child in your family or care is supported by a continence service, the NHS would like to hear from you. Children who would … Read more

Report reveals benefits of EU-UK medical research partnerships

Partnerships between UK and EU medical researchers have increased the value of research, benefiting patients across Europe, according to a report published today (Tuesday). The report, commissioned by eight leading UK medical organisations, highlights how the UK’s contribution to research throughout the EU has fostered and strengthened scientific co-operation. As negotiations begin on a new … Read more