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NHS to ‘fast track’ new personalised cancer medicines – but it’s not ready quite yet

Category: Science blog June 19, 2019 0 comments

NHS England announced plans to fast track “revolutionary” new cancer drugs. But there’s still some way to go before these drugs might reach patients.

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News digest – NHS waiting times, prostate cancer scans, drug decisions and gut bacteria

Category: Science blog June 15, 2019 1 comment

In the news this week: NHS waiting times for cancer treatment ‘continue to spiral downwards’.

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ASCO 2019 news: targeted treatment takeover, drugging the ‘undruggable’, obesity and blood tests

Category: Science blog May 31, 2019 4 comments

The 2019 ASCO conference news highlights: a year of progress with targeted drugs trialled in prostate, pancreatic, breast and lung cancers.

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Bowel cancer rates are rising in young adults, but do we know what’s behind the increase?

Category: Science blog May 17, 2019 39 comments

Bowel cancer rates are increasing in adults aged between 20 and 50, according to data from 2 big studies published this week. But what’s behind the increase?

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Cigarettes and alcohol: should we be communicating cancer risk in terms of cigarettes smoked?

Category: Science blog March 28, 2019 4 comments

Research today asked: ‘How many cigarettes are in a bottle of wine?’ But how these stats might now affect the way people view drinking remains to be seen.

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Headlines saying ‘hot tea causes oesophageal cancer’ miss crucial details

Category: Science blog March 20, 2019 11 comments

Hot drinks have hit headlines today, with new research sparking claims that hot tea ‘doubles the risk of oesophageal cancer’. But how hot is hot? And are the headlines anything to worry about?

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News digest – cancer stem cells, breast screening, liquid biopsies and vaping in teens

Category: Science blog March 2, 2019 3 comments

In this week’s news: breast screening rates in the UK fall to the lowest in 10 years and a new report looks at vaping in young people.

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Too soon to say cervical cancer DNA test will ‘revolutionise screening’

Category: Science blog December 19, 2018 13 comments

A new cervical cancer test is big news this week. The science behind the headlines is exciting, but it’s a long way from being used in cervical screening.

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‘Universal fingerprint’ in cancer DNA points to potential blood test. But it’s not ready for patients

Category: Science blog December 5, 2018 9 comments

A ’10 minute cancer test’ is big news today. But while science behind the headlines is exciting, but it’s a long way from being used to diagnose cancer.

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Mobile phones and cancer: misleading headlines fail to mention rats

Category: Science blog November 2, 2018 10 comments

US researchers have released a report linking high doses of the radiation given off by mobile phones to increased risk of heart tumours in male rats.

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