Paediatric surgeons urge parents not to buy toys containing magnets for Christmas

Paediatric surgeons are urging parents not to buy toys that include small, often brightly coloured magnets as Christmas presents, following a dramatic rise in the number of children needing operations after swallowing them. The Children’s Surgery Foundation issued the warning as research showed a five-fold increase in children swallowing magnets in the last five years. […]

Atrial fibrillation and death are more common during the first year after breast cancer diagnosis

Women are significantly more likely to develop an abnormal and often rapid heart rhythm in the first year after being diagnosed with breast cancer than women without cancer, according to research published in the European Heart Journal [1]. The study also found that patients who developed the condition, known as atrial fibrillation, after a breast […]

Fewer cases of children’s cancer picked up during COVID pandemic

But cancer diagnosis following admission to intensive care was higher A study of cancer in children and young adults in England has found that fewer patients were diagnosed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research, presented at the NCRI Festival [1], also shows that children who were diagnosed with cancer during the first wave of the […]

Simple, cheap urine test can detect urothelial cancers in Lynch Syndrome patients

Researchers have shown for the first time that it is possible to detect signs of urothelial cancer using a simple, postal, urine test in Lynch Syndrome (LS) patients who are at high risk of developing tumours. The findings, presented at the NCRI Festival[1], offer the potential to develop a cheap, easy and non-invasive way of […]

Blood tests predict which prostate cancer patients are resistant to chemotherapy drug

Regular blood tests before and during chemotherapy for prostate cancer can detect whether or not a patient is resistant or developing resistance to treatment with docetaxel, according to research presented at the NCRI Festival.[1] The findings could enable doctors to detect early on, without invasive procedures, if a treatment is working and switch to alternatives […]

Data available for training AI to spot skin cancer are insufficient and lacking in pictures of darker skin

The images and accompanying data available for training artificial intelligence (AI) to spot skin cancer are insufficient and include very few images of darker skin, according to research presented at the NCRI Festival and published in Lancet Digital Health. [1] AI is increasingly being used in medicine as it can make diagnosis of diseases like […]

Children in the UK and Ireland still diagnosed later with larger kidney cancers than in rest of Europe

Childhood cancer expert calls for frontline healthcare workers to be trained in paediatric medicine Children with kidney cancers continue to be diagnosed with larger and more advanced tumours in the UK and Ireland than in other Western European countries, according to research presented at the NCRI Festival.[1] As a result, a leading childhood cancer expert […]

Pilot study reveals the benefits of ‘whole genome sequencing’ for children with cancer

Unravelling the entire genetic code for each child who has been diagnosed with cancer can give a more accurate diagnosis or reveal new treatment options, according to research presented at the NCRI Festival.[1] These are the results of a pilot study of the process known as whole genome sequencing. The study also shows how whole […]

Average survival time has doubled for patients with two out of three types of advanced breast cancer in the past decade

Improved treatments mean about half of patients live for five years or longer Patients with two out of the three most common types of advanced breast cancer now have an average survival time of at least five years, according to a panel of experts at the Advanced Breast Cancer Sixth International Consensus Conference (ABC 6). […]

Advanced breast cancer patients should receive COVID-19 vaccination without delay

Treating patients remotely during a pandemic has benefits but also emotional costs Patients with advanced breast cancer should receive COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible and the second dose should be delivered early, no later than three to four weeks after the first, the virtual meeting of the Advanced Breast Cancer Sixth International Consensus Conference […]