Trial launched to test new drug in patients with advanced cancer

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A clinical trial to test a new cancer drug in patients with advanced solid tumours has launched in four centres across the UK, through Cancer Research UK’s Centre for Drug Development.

This early phase trial will test the safety and tolerability of the drug and establish the recommended dose for patients with a variety of cancers including advanced bowel, lung, ovarian, urothelial, pancreatic, breast, head and neck, and oesophageal cancer.

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Ovarian cancer victim wins £324m payout from Johnson & Johnson

Court orders Johnson & Johnson to compensate woman who claims her cancer was linked to using talc products for feminine hygiene

baby talc powder linked to cancer

Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered to pay $417m (£324m) to a terminally ill woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

The case was brought forward by Eva Echeverria from Los Angeles and is the largest sum awarded in a series of lawsuits alleging J&J failed to warn consumers adequately about the cancer risks of its talc-based products.

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New virtual platform created to help cancer patients find the best health specialists in the world

Second opinion from health experts available online for cancer patients from Trustedoctor

Trustedoctor online platform

A new company is offering cancer patients a second opinion from experts around the world via virtual consultation.

The Trustedoctor platform aims to break down the “geographical barriers” in healthcare by letting patients securely upload their medical records, MRI scans and other documents to a website, and then discuss their case via video or messaging with a specialist in their specific condition.

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Top comedians unite to raise funds for brain tumour charity

John Bishop will perform in aid of a brain tumour charity
Comedian John Bishop

Some of Britain’s top comedians will perform at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe to help raise funds for a cancer charity.

Underbelly, one of the Fringe’s biggest venues, is partnering with The Brain Tumour Charity for an all-star evening of live comedy. The Big Brain Benefit Show will take place in Edinburgh at the Underbelly on August 23.

There will be an amazing bill of incredible comedians lined up for the Big Brain Benefit show. On the night, there will be performances by John Bishop, Charlie Baker, Suzi Ruffell, Jason Byrne and much more. Continue reading “Top comedians unite to raise funds for brain tumour charity”

Bowel cancer deaths drop by a third in the last two decades

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The rate of people dying from bowel cancer in the UK has dropped by more than 30% in the last 20 years, according to new figures released by Cancer Research UK.

Bowel cancer was responsible for 38 deaths per 100,000 people in 1995, falling to 26 deaths per 100,000 people by 2015. The drop in rates, taking into account changing population figures, equates to a decrease in bowel cancer deaths from 17,600 in 1995 to 15,800 in 2015.

Experts believe better treatment lies behind the dramatic drop in deaths. Improved public awareness among both patients and doctors, the bowel screening programme, may also be playing a part.

However, while the disease’s mortality rates continue to decline, bowel cancer is still the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK – accounting for 10% of all cancer deaths.

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Quarter of survivors find life after cancer harder than actual treatment

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Breast cancer patients often find it more difficult to cope with life after cancer that the actual treatment, a leading charity has found

New research from Breast Cancer Care suggests many survivors find treatment ending harder than having a breast removed or going through chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

From the survey, it was discovered that more than a quarter (26%) of women diagnosed with breast cancer say life after treatment is harder than the treatment itself.

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Pollution blamed for lung cancer in people who have never smoked

There are 36,000 deaths from lung cancer and 46,400 new cases each year, according to research

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The number of lung cancer cases among non-smokers has doubled in the last 10 years, with health experts blaming air pollution for the rise.

Previously, nine in ten cases of the disease were linked to cigarette use, but this proportion has decreased.

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One-of-a-kind diamond necklace to be raffled off to raise funds for cancer treatment

Money raised from the unique piece of jewellery will go to vital funds for cancer treatment in northeast Scotland

Woman wearing diamond necklace

A group of women in Scotland will raffle off a unique piece of jewellery later this month to raise vital funds for cancer treatment.

The group, made up of local business women and friends from Aberdeen hope to raise money to help the breast care unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary treat those suffering from cancer. The fundraiser’s star attraction is a special piece of jewellery made by local jeweller Jay Sprigg.

Especially for the raffle, Sprigg has created a one-of-a-kind 18-karat white gold necklace which features 20 diamonds – one of which is a stunning pink diamond.

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Axing free NHS painkillers ‘could save £16m for cancer vaccine’

Welsh politician says money could be used to fund a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine instead

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Free painkillers from the NHS should be scrapped to save money for funding a cancer-fighting vaccine for boys and girls in Wales, a politician has announced.

Welsh Assembly Member Angela Burns said ending the availability of free painkillers in Wales could free up more than £16m a year.

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The big chop: ghd teams up with children’s cancer charity for new wig campaign

The hair brand wants to inspire people to donate their leftover locks from their next haircut so they can be transformed into wigs for kids and teenagers

Little Princess Trust cancer, GHD hair loss wig
Will you #choptoyourchin for the Little Princess Trust? (Photo credit: Glamour)

Hair brand ghd has launched a new project this month to encourage people to donate their leftover locks from their next haircut.

The #choptoyourchin campaign is an initiative running throughout August, September and October to inspire you to make the big chop for a children’s charity.

Partnering with the Little Princess Trust, the charity will be accepting hair that is 7 inches or longer to be used to make wigs for children and young adults in the UK and Ireland who are having treatment for cancer and other illnesses.

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