Egg freezing may not delay chemo for breast cancer patients

A new technique could make egg freezing before treatment a quicker process for cancer patients

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Women diagnosed with breast cancer who want to freeze their eggs and embryos before tumour treatment leads to infertility can do this without delaying the start of chemotherapy, a US study suggests.

Chemotherapy can cause infertility by damaging the ovaries and by triggering an early menopause in women of childbearing age.

Researchers focused on 89 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer who received counseling at a fertility clinic about a relatively new technique known as random-start ovarian stimulation.

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Heartwarming photo shows the incredible recovery three little girls with cancer have made

Photographer Lora Scantling has captured the girls every year since 2014

Photo by Lora Scantling

Each year, three childhood cancer survivors come together to take a picture, not just because they are friends, but to remind themselves — and the world — how strong they are.

In 2014, young Rylie, Rheann, and Ainsley — 3, 6, and 4 years old at the time, respectively — came together for a memorable photo shoot.

In March 2014, photographers Lora Scantling and Christy Goodger took a very special photo of three little girls from Oklahoma. Rheann Franklin, now 9, Ainsley Peters, now 7, and Rylie Hughey, now 6, were all hugging one another tightly with their eyes closed, showing support in their mutual fight against cancer.

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Life-extending lung cancer drug Nivolumab finally approved by the NHS

The late British writer AA Gill was denied the drug last year as it was not yet approved by the National Health Service

AA Gill was denied Nivolumab

A lung cancer drug which was denied to British food critic AA Gill has been approved for some patients with his type of cancer.

AA Gill died aged 62 last December after being diagnosed with what he proclaimed the ‘full English’ of cancers – lung cancer which has spread to his neck and pancreas with tumours that were inoperable and unsuitable for radiotherapy.

AA Gill had chemotherapy but could not access the immunotherapy drug nivolumab because it was not approved on the NHS.

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HIV sufferers who smoke are more likely to die from lung cancer than from HIV itself

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People with HIV who smoke cigarettes are 10 times more likely to die from lung cancer than from HIV, a study has found.

Those diagnosed with HIV are living longer because of the increasingly effective antiviral medications that have been developed in the last decade.

But prevention from lung cancer has not developed at a similar rate.

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Jet lag drug could help ease chemotherapy pain, study discovers

Researchers find that common jet lag drug could prevent chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (CINP)

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A jet lag drug could be given to patients to ease the painful side-effects of cancer treatment, according to a study.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen in the UK found that a drug — known as melatonin — appeared to prevent pain caused by chemotherapy damage to nerves by blocking the harmful effects on nerve health.

They focused on a common condition known as chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (CINP), which causes tingling and pain sensation to touch and cold temperatures that can be severe enough to cause patients to limit their chemotherapy treatment.

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The Spotlight Awards by Live Better With – nominations now open

Do you know someone amazing? We want to know about them!

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We have some exciting news to share! We have launched our very own awards to help shine a light on the amazing things happening with the cancer community.

Aptly named the Spotlight Awards, the awards by Live Better With celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people, products, and services in the cancer community. Nominated by the public, the winners will be from all walks of life, of all ages, and from all over the world.

We want to celebrate the successes and achievements of everyone in the cancer community who has demonstrated a passion and a commitment to overcoming obstacles and helping others.

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Journalist Victoria Derbyshire pens book about dealing with cancer

Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum’s Diary of Hope will be published later this month

Victoria Derbyshire
Broadcast journalist Victoria Derbyshire

BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire will release a candid book about her cancer journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.

Published by Trapeez,  Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum’s Diary of Hope is a frank account of how the broadcaster dealt with her diagnosis and treatment. It will be published later this month.

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20 beautiful mastectomy tattoos that will take your breath away

Women are turning their breast surgery scars into stunning works of art with mastectomy tattoos

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Mastectomies save lives but they also leave physical – and psychological – scars. Survivors traditionally have to choose between living with those scars, or having a breast reconstruction.

But some breast cancer survivors are choosing a third option – adorning their scarred chests with elaborate and colourful tattoos to transform what can often be a landscape of pain into something beautiful and unique.

Also known as a ‘tittoo’, this popular trend is helping women to emotionally heal and feel confident with their new bodies.

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US approves first cancer drug to use patient’s own cells

Kymriah treats most common type of childhood cancer, but it has a hefty  $475,000 price tag

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US health regulators have approved the first cancer drug that uses a patient’s own cells to fight cancer.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has for the first time approved a treatment that uses a patient’s own genetically modified cells to attack a type of leukemia, opening the door to what the agency calls “a new frontier” in medicine.

Oncologists described the drug, made by Novartis and marketed as Kymriah, as revolutionary. But it is priced at a shocking $475,000 per treatment.

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Having a beard protects men from skin cancer, study discovers

Time to grow a beard? Study finds beards can reduce the risk of skin cancer

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Having a beard isn’t just fashionable, it could well be a life-saver too.

According to a recent study from the University of Queensland, facial hair can protect a man’s face from 90 to 95% of harmful UV rays from the sun.

This means that a large portion of a man’s face is protected from being sunburnt – which can help prevent skin cancer.

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