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Struggling to Sleep with Cancer? You're Not Alone

Research has found up to 80% of all patients with a cancer diagnosis experience some degree of disturbed sleep during their cancer diagnosis and treatment. There are multiple reasons why sleep is disturbed, but luckily there are ways to manage your sleep.

Immunotherapy: Cancer’s newest treatment

After Karen Koehler’s cancer took a turn for the worse in 2013 she was given 10 months to live and with gruelling rounds of chemotherapy she could hope to stretch it to 2 years. Luckily, Koehler was enrolled in an immunotherapy trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The trial succeeded in ...

Anti-malaria drug could make radiotherapy more effective

Scientists in Oxford have discovered that using an old anti-malaria drug alongside radiotherapy treatment helps shrink hard to treat tumours. The drug, atovaquone, is a cheap, widely available and safe drug which causes tumours to process oxygen differently making them sensitive to the effects of radiotherapy.

Radiotherapy works by damaging the DNA of cancer cells ...

NHS funding boost, plans to diagnose cancer within 28 days - Sky News

An expected £15m investment into the NHS is hoped to both improve cancer care and allow for patient diagnosis within 28 days. An NHS reported that this investment could result in saving 30,000 lives by 2020.

Improvement plans for the investment include earlier diagnosis, treatment outcomes, patient experience, patient quality of life, and to ...

Book Review: Cancer Is My Teacher by Lucy O'Donnell

Cancer Is My Teacher is a wonderful book focusing on Lucy's own experiences through cancer. It is a very honest account which covers all aspects of her courageous journey from diagnosis, through to all the treatments she endured and recovery. She includes all the emotional, physical and psychological sides to her experience, making a truly ...

Radiotherapy Plus Panobinostat More Effective For Aggressive, Recurrent Brain Cancer - News Medical

Researchers at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Centre have tested a strategy which combines radiotherapy with panobinostat, a drug which stops the cancer cells repairing themselves, in aggressive, recurrent brain cancer. The research was conducted on 12 patients and will be published in the Journal of Neuro-Oncology. 

Findings from the study suggest panobinostat makes radiotherapy more effective ...