Gap in research means millions living with long-term consequences of cancer: work needed in ten key areas

Glasgow, UK: Millions of people are living with the long-term consequences of cancer and its treatment, but currently there is very little research on the problems they face and how these can be tackled, according to the UK’s National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI). Thanks to successes in research on diagnosing and treating cancer, more people […]

Gut stem cells offer clues for preventing tumours in inherited bowel cancer

Glasgow, UK: Treating pre-cancerous stem cells at an early stage could be key to preventing bowel cancer in people born with a very high risk of the disease, according to a study in mice presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference. Previous research has suggested that stem cells play a key role in the development […]

Doctors and nurses reluctant to recommend e-cigarettes to cancer patients despite public health guidelines

Glasgow, UK: Twenty-nine per cent of health professionals would not recommend e-cigarettes to cancer patients who already smoke, according to research presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference. While e-cigarettes may pose some health risks, evidence suggests they are much less harmful than smoking. Health bodies, including Public Health England and the Royal College of […]

Men with prostate cancer are willing to accept lower survival odds to avoid incontinence, impotence and repeat treatments

Glasgow, UK: Men who have been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer say they would trade some improvement in their odds of survival for improvements in side effects and quality of life, according to research presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference. Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of the disease in men […]

Patients with low risk thyroid cancer can receive lower doses of radiation treatment: new results from HiLo trial

Glasgow, UK: Thyroid cancer patients whose disease is at low risk of returning can be treated safely with a smaller amount of radiation following surgery, according to results from the world’s longest running trial to investigate this. Dr Jonathan Wadsley, a consultant clinical oncologist at the Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield, UK, and chair of the […]

Melanoma death rates are rising in men but static or falling in women

Glasgow, UK: The rate of men dying from malignant melanoma has risen in populations around the world, while in some countries the rates are steady or falling for women, according to research presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference. Researchers studied worldwide data on deaths gathered by the World Health Organisation, focusing on 33 countries […]

Fluorescent marker can help guide surgeons to remove dangerous brain tumour cells more accurately

Glasgow, UK: A chemical that highlights tumour cells has been used by surgeons to help spot and safely remove brain cancer in a trial presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference. The research was carried out with patients who had suspected glioma, the disease that killed Dame Tessa Jowell, and the most common form of […]

The age at which women experience their first period is linked to their sons’ age at puberty

The age at which young women experience their first menstrual bleeding is linked to the age at which their sons start puberty, according to the largest study to investigate this association in both sons and daughters. The research, which is published in Human Reproduction [1], one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals, looked at […]

Why single embryo transfer during IVF sometimes results in twins or triplets: world’s largest study investigates prevalence and causes

It has been known for some time that it is better to transfer a single embryo to a woman’s womb during assisted reproduction treatment (ART) rather than several embryos in order to avoid a multiple pregnancy and the risks associated with it such as foetal deaths, miscarriage, premature delivery and low birthweight. However, even when […]

Artificial intelligence improves doctors’ ability to correctly interpret tests and diagnose lung disease

Paris, France: Artificial intelligence (AI) can be an invaluable aid to help lung doctors interpret respiratory symptoms accurately and make a correct diagnosis, according to new research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress [1]. Dr Marko Topalovic (PhD), a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory for Respiratory Diseases, Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), […]