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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Larry King reveals lung cancer diagnosis

Talk show host & celebrity Larry King has revealed that he was diagnosed with lung cancer 2 months ago. 

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Television star and host Larry King has revealed today that he has been treated for lung cancer.

The 83-year-old celebrity and host of Larry King Live on CNN was diagnosed during a routine annual check-up. When doctors X-rayed King’s chest, a small spot appeared on the scan.

Speaking to Us Weekly, King described: “they said to me the spot looked pretty small. I then did a CAT scan then a PET scan and then he [the doctor] said to me, ‘You have lung cancer, but it looks very small, in the beginning stages.’”

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Politician Nick Clegg discusses his teenage son’s cancer

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Nick and Miriam Clegg with daytime TV host Lorraine Kelly | ITV.com

Former deputy prime minister of the UK Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez appeared on television today, in an interview discussing their son Antonio’s experience with cancer.  15-year-old Antonio was diagnosed in September last year, and has completed several rounds of chemotherapy.

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John McCain navigates “very virulent” cancer

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In his first interview since July, Sen. John McCain described his cancer as “vicious.”

Still, he says, he’s feeling confident. “I’m facing a challenge, but I’ve faced other challenges,” McCain told CNN.

McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer – glioblastoma – in July. Doctors discovered a tumour while operating on a blood clot above McCain’s left eye. The blood clot and tumour were both removed.

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American researchers develop incredible cancer-sensing “pen”

The “pen” will replace slow and faulty methods of determining whether or not tissue is cancerous. 

Cancer-Sensing Pen

Researchers at the University of Texas Austin have developed a new piece of equipment that will help surgeons to act quickly and more precisely during cancer surgery.  

The MasSpec “cancer” Pen takes only 10 seconds to detect whether or not a tumour is cancerous.

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