Study discovers new benefits of yoga for women with breast cancer

Women who took part in the yoga study were less tired and reported better social, physical and emotional well-being

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Regular yoga sessions can help cancer survivors sleep better and have a better quality of life, research suggests.

A study by Dr Anita Peoples at the University of Rochester, in New York, found that regular yoga can have a 44% improvement in cancer survivor’s quality of life as a result of better sleep quality, reduced insomnia and less fatigue.

Dr Peoples claims that “as yet, nothing has been found that works as well as yoga at improving the quality of life among those who have suffered from the disease”. She also calls for evidence-based non-drug treatments such as yoga to be “provided as an integral part of comprehensive cancer care”.

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Novel bowel cancer surgery reduces need for colostomy bags

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Bowel cancer patients may avoid the need for colostomy bags with a new type of treatment, cancer doctors have said.

A study organised by Cancer Research UK presented results this week in which a new technique involving stents reduced the need for a colostomy bag post emergency bowel cancer surgery by 24%. By reducing the need for colostomy bags, this new technique has the potential to drastically improve the quality of life of bowel cancer patients.

Many cases of bowel cancer are only detected once a tumour causes a blockage in the bowels which requires emergency surgery to remove the tumour and thus reverses the blockage. In fact, 1 in 5 tumour removal surgeries are emergency operations, according to the BBC. However, these carry a much higher risk of complications as the bowels are more fragile during this period.

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Scientists discover potential universal cancer vaccine

Scientist discover universal cancer vaccine

A universal cancer vaccine is on the horizon after scientists discovered how to rewire immune cells to fight any type of disease.

The potential new therapy involves injecting tiny particles of genetic code into the body which travel to the immune cells and teach them to recognise specific cancers.

Although scientists have shown previously that is it is possible to engineer immune cells outside the body so they can spot cancer it is the first time it has happened inside cells, the Telegraph reported.

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Grandfather, aged 99, becomes world’s oldest person to beat cancer

Victor Marston, a WWII veteran, was found to have a cancerous tumour on his bowel after he was rushed to hospital six months before his 100th birthday

Victor Marston is the oldest person to beat cancer
Victor Marston is the oldest person to beat cancer

A 99-year-old World War Two veteran has become the world’s oldest cancer survivor.

Last week Victor Marston became the oldest person known to have beaten cancer. Marston, who is six months shy of his 100th birthday, was taken into hospital with severe stomach pains on May 8, 2016. After carrying out tests on Marston, doctor’s found a deadly growth but were able to successfully operate and remove the tumour.

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NHS plans to diagnose cancer within 28 days with new funding

A funding boost to support faster diagnosis of the disease could save 30,000 lives a year by 2020

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NHS England has announced plans to improve cancer care and give patients a definitive diagnosis within four weeks.

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, Sky News reported.

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

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Breast cancer treatment breakthrough after ‘milestone’ gene discovery

The latest breast cancer research could lead to more personalised care for patients and help further understanding of the causes of the disease, scientists have said.

A study has been hailed as giving a more complete picture of the changes in DNA in breast cancer, providing potential opportunities for new treatments.

The research involved people from across the globe, and focussed on studying the 560 breast cancer genomes, with results highlighting that breast cancer genomes are “highly individual.”

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Scientist create DNA-modified salmonella bacteria for treating cancer

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Scientists in China have successful created DNA-modified salmonella bacteria, with the hopes that this this could be used to help fight cancer cells whilst leaving healthy cells undamaged.

Salmonella is most commonly found in raw meat and eggs. Scientist working at Hong Kong University altered the bacteria through engineering and synthetic biology to create YB1, an anaerobic bacterium. Anaerobe bacterium only grow and reproduce in areas without oxygen such as inside solid bacteria.

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Cancer scans can reduce the need for risky operations

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Using a scanner rather than a scalpel could spare hundreds of thousands of cancer patients from risky surgery, a new study suggests.

Head and neck tumours once treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, usually need an operation in order to check visually whether the tumour has gone. The operations patients undergo last three hours and take at least a week of recovering in hospital, the BBC reported.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found 80% of the 564 patients studied did not need to have surgery and could have had a scan instead.

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Combination of immunotherapy drugs could destroy skin cancer

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A new combination of smart drugs can destroy the deadliest form of skin cancer – even if it is diagnosed at a late stage, a new study shows.

The study has suggested that a cocktail of two existing immunotherapy drugs may both prolong patients lives and destroy all traces of melanoma in one in five patients’. The results have been described as very promising.

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Scientist unveil how cancer can become resistant to treatment – paving the way for new therapies

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Scientists have cracked how cancer can become resistant to drugs.

It is well known that cancer can often become resistant to therapy, and now a recent breakthrough from scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research has unveiled why it occurs occurs.

The breakthrough promises to lead to new therapies which will make tumours less likely to become resistant.

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