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Proton beam cancer treatment to start in Manchester in 2018

Proton beam cancer treatment to start in Manchester in 2018

The first high-energy proton beam therapy centre run by the NHS is soon to open at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, allowing patients in the UK to access an important treatment for life-threatening cancers. Proton beam therapy is a highly advanced way of treating cancers without damaging tissues around the tumours. Currently, NHS patients who […]

Unravelling the mystery of radiotherapy

Unravelling the mystery of radiotherapy

Cancer treatment and care has made enormous progress over recent years, with a significant improvement in survival rates and quality of life after cancer. Much of this is down to the evolution of radiation therapy. Around four in ten of all NHS cancer patients are treated with radiotherapy and last year Simon Stevens, chief executive […]

Doctor says he diagnosed his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound machine

Doctor says he diagnosed his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound machine

With the right device, it appears the iPhone can even detect cancer. John Martin, the chief medical officer for Butterfly Network was testing out a device called Butterfly iQ, a small imaging machine for ultrasounds compatible with the iPhone. According to MIT Technology Review, Martin noticed an unusual discomfort in his throat, so he ran […]

Cancer warning: THIS treatment option could double your risk of dying

Cancer warning: THIS treatment option could double your risk of dying

CANCER may still not be fully curable, but researchers have been making ground with increasingly effective treatment options in recent decades. However, some sufferers of curable forms are still choosing to try alternative remedies, which a new study has found could dramatically increase your risk of death. Within 20 years three-quarters of people are expected […]

Blocking the back-door that cancer cells use to escape death by radiotherapy

Blocking the back-door that cancer cells use to escape death by radiotherapy

(Edmonton) A natural healing mechanism of the body may be reducing the efficiency of radiotherapy in breast cancer patients, according to a new study. Research led by scientists at the University of Alberta found that irradiation of breast fat (also known as adipose tissue) produces an inflammatory response that in normal circumstances promotes healing, but […]

Men Have Regret Years after Prostate Cancer Treatment

Men Have Regret Years after Prostate Cancer Treatment

-About 15% sorry they accepted treatment; 8% who didn’t later wished they did After years of introspection, about 15% of men with localized prostate cancer regretted the decisions they made regarding treatment, a survey of almost 1,000 patients showed. About twice as many men expressed regret after radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy as compared with […]

New discovery could lead to better results for patients undergoing radiation

New discovery could lead to better results for patients undergoing radiation

More than half of cancer patients undergo radiotherapy, in which high doses of radiation are aimed at diseased tissue to kill cancer cells. But due to a phenomenon known as radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE), in which irradiated cells leak chemical signals that can travel some distance to damage unexposed healthy cells, many suffer side-effects such […]

Facing Cancer Is Even Tougher If The Only Radiation Machine Is Broken

Facing Cancer Is Even Tougher If The Only Radiation Machine Is Broken

If you happen to be a cancer patient needing radiation in Senegal, getting past the shock of the diagnosis and onto treatment is a major hardship at the moment. The country’s only radiotherapy machine — indeed for a long while the only one in French-speaking West Africa — is broken. That’s the machine whose radiation […]

Personalized PRRT improves radiation delivery to neuroendocrine tumors

Personalized PRRT improves radiation delivery to neuroendocrine tumors

Neuroendocrine cancer is exceedingly difficult to manage and unlikely to be cured, but researchers intend to slow progression of these tumors and aid survival by personalizing patient dose of peptide-receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT), according to research presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). PRRT has become […]

New target found to attack an incurable brain tumor in children

New target found to attack an incurable brain tumor in children

A study published in Molecular Cancer Research reveals that a tumor suppressor gene p16 is turned off by a histone mutation (H3.3K27M), which is found in up to 70 percent of childhood brain tumors called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). This insight suggests that restoring p16 is a promising therapeutic strategy. The authors have demonstrated […]

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