Dogs sniff out cancer in NHS trial

Medical Detection Dogs uses the amazing power of the dog’s nose to detect human diseases

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They’re cute, snuggling and considered man’s best friend, but can your four-paw pal also help save your life?

For many years now there have been reports from people claiming their dog sniffed out their cancer. Even actress Shannen Doherty believes her dog detected her breast cancer before it was diagnosed by her doctors. Until

Until now, however, these reports have been nothing more than hearsay. In a trial approved by the NHS, scientists hope to finally test this theory and determine whether or not a dog can accurately detect prostate, bladder and breast cancers.

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‘More workplace support is needed for cancer patients’

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Lynette McKendry

A breast cancer survivor who is returning to work while fighting cancer has called for more support for others in her position.

Lynette McKendry wants more support for people with cancer wanting to return to work. When met others in her situation whilst receiving chemotherapy treatment, she discovered many encountered difficulties at work. Continue reading “‘More workplace support is needed for cancer patients’”

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Ovarian cancer test in sight as scientists find earliest signs of disease

Women could be tested for ovarian cancer in a similar way as doctors test for cervical cancer

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Ovarian cancer could be detected years before any symptoms emerge after scientists at Oxford University found a way to spot the first signs of the disease.

A study funded by Ovarian Cancer Action has discovered a protein that brings us closer to early detection and better treatment of Ovarian cancer. The discovery of the protein, SOX2, means that the disease could be spotted years before symptoms arise, giving women a better chance of successful treatment.

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Anti-malaria drug could make radiotherapy more effective

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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 medication which causes tumours to process oxygen differently making them sensitive to the effects of radiotherapy.

Radiotherapy works by damaging the DNA of cancer cells. But many cancers such as lung, bowel and brain tumours do not respond to radiotherapy because they have low levels of oxygen. The lower the level of oxygen the easier it is for cancer cells to repair themselves from the damage caused by radiotherapy.

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New drug could detect early lung cancer and stop the disease from spreading

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Researchers have discovered a new drug that could potentially stop lung cancer and detect the disease before it spreads around the body.

The breakthrough could pave way for life-saving treatments after Melbourne researchers from Hudson Institute of Medical Science identified an inflammation-causing molecule that triggers the deadly disease to spread to the lungs.

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Pomegranate – a cancer fighting food?

They’re the trendy fruit that are the latest must-have ingredient for salads and juices, even cocktails. But could pomegranates help you live longer, too?

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New research has identified the exact compound responsible for the anti-aging and cancer-fighting properties of pomegranates.

The magic ingredient is a compound called Ellagitannins. This is found in high concentrations in the red fruit and is broken down by bacteria in our gut into another compound called urolithin A.

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Study confirms exercise helps prevent cancer

Keeping fit both protects our bodies from the disease and boosts chances of survival

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Scientists have long known that athletes have a lower risk of developing cancer than the rest of us.

They believed this was due to their healthy diet and non-smoker status. However, a study has now found that it is actually exercise itself that helps protect against cancer and can even improve your chances of surviving the disease too.

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Scientists shrink cancer cells using Salmonella bacteria

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Scientists asay they have made a breakthrough which could revolutionise prostate cancer treatment.

Genetically modified Salmonella bacteria have been used to successfully shrink prostate cancers in a lab study by Swansea University.

Scientists leading the study believe this could be a ‘game-changer’ in the treatment of the disease.

In this promising study, Salmonella bacteria were modified to make them completely harmless to healthy cells but lethal to cancer cells. By harnessing the natural properties of the bacteria, the cancer cells are starved of nutrients causing them to perish.

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Ultraviolet light could soon replace chemotherapy

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Ultraviolet (UV) light could potentially replace chemotherapy as a cancer treatment.

In a novel approach developed by scientists at the University of Texas San Antonio, aggressive breast cancers have been successfully shrunk using Ultraviolet light.

This non-invasive technique causes cancer cells to self-destruct, killing the tumour without affecting healthy tissue. This could revolutionise cancer treatment, improving survival rates without the need for chemotherapy and its terrible side effects.

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Simple home test could predict cancer using a few drops of blood

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Scientists at Ohio State University have developed a simple, cheap testing strip which can detect cancer and other diseases from a few drops of blood. They hope this new home testing kit will be available in the next few years. It will mean that checking for cancer will be as simple as checking your blood sugar or taking a home pregnancy test.

The researchers, led by Dr Abraham Badu-Tawiah, have developed paper strips containing small synthetic chemical probes which carry a positive charge. These charges help identify biomarkers of certain diseases such as cancer and malaria when analysed by a handheld mass spectrometer.

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