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  1. News Article
    An urgent debate has been called in the Senedd over a move to extend routine cervical screenings in Wales from every three years to five years. Public Health Wales (PHW) said those aged 25-49 who had not tested positive for human papillomavirus (HPV) would now wait two more years between tests. PHW said it was because the screening tests are now more accurate. However, 30,000 people signed a petition against it, citing the risk it could cause an increase in deaths. Particularly concerned are those who have not received the HPV vaccine, a national immunisation programme for which
  2. News Article
    People with some of the deadliest forms of cancer are being diagnosed later than ever as a result of disruption to healthcare caused by the Covid pandemic, campaigners have warned. Stomach, lung, pancreatic, brain, stomach and oesophageal cancers have some of the poorest long-term survival rates and have always been disproportionately diagnosed late following an emergency hospital admission. However, campaigners are concerned that the poor prognoses for these patients have been exacerbated by factors such as a reluctance to attend A&E or bother GPs during the pandemic, and by bottlene
  3. News Article
    Screening for prostate cancer could be possible in the next five years, according to one of the UK's leading experts. Prof Ros Eeles, from the Institute of Cancer Research, said advances in genetics and medical imaging were making it possible. About 50,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with the disease each year, and nearly 12,000 die. NHS England said prostate screening had been notoriously tricky. Despite it being one of the most common cancers, there is no equivalent of the regular mammograms that detect breast cancer. There is a blood test that looks for levels of
  4. News Article
    Swift action is needed from the Scottish Government to prevent a “cancer catastrophe”, campaigners have claimed, as new figures showed the NHS has again failed to meet a key waiting times standard. Ministers have set the target of having 95% of patients begin treatment within 62 days of being referred for help because cancer is suspected. But the latest data showed another decline in performance against this in the period July to September, with only 83.1% beginning treatment in this timeframe – down from 84.1% in the previous quarter and below the 87.3% that was achieved in July to
  5. Content Article
    In the report the Coroner states her main concerns as follows: The inquest heard that there were significant delays in patients being seen in secondary care for gynaecological referrals from GPs. The inquest was told that these delays had now increased. In November 2020 the wait time for an appointment was 1 month for an urgent appointment and 4 months for a routine appointment. The wait times now in Tameside for gynaecology were 8 months for a routine appointment and 4 months for urgent appointments. The increase in wait times reflected a national picture the inquest was told and refl
  6. News Article
    Health experts have expressed fears over the impact tighter Covid restrictions in England could have on cancer patients as alarming new figures reveal that the number taking part in clinical trials plummeted by almost 60% during the pandemic. Almost 40,000 cancer patients in England were “robbed” of the chance to take part in life-saving trials during the first year of the coronavirus crisis, according to a report by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), which said COVID-19 had compounded longstanding issues of trial funding, regulation and access. Figures obtained from the Nationa
  7. News Article
    The NHS may be missing more than 9 million referrals, while patients face a “postcode lottery” for cancer treatment and routine operations, a parliament watchdog has warned. Millions of patients have either avoided or been unable to obtain healthcare during the pandemic leaving the NHS with a potential unknown backlog of operations, which could push the national waiting list to 12 million by 2025. A report from the government’s National Audit Office today also warned patients across England are facing a postcode lottery in terms of waits with some hospital waiting lists far larger th
  8. News Article
    Soaring numbers of women are being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, undermining their chances of survival, because of Covid’s disruption of NHS care, a charity has warned. The number of women being diagnosed with the disease at stage 4 is as much as 48% higher in some months than expected, with the pandemic to blame, says Macmillan Cancer Support. At the same time, fewer women are being confirmed as having breast cancer at stage 1, when their chances of responding well to treatment and living longer are much higher. Macmillan estimates that there is now a backlog of 47,300
  9. News Article
    London’s fragmented children’s cancer services will finally be reformed following a decade of delays and allegations of cover-up by senior officials. NHS England has said it will adopt recommendations that will see the capital’s services brought up to standards already common across the rest of the country, with children’s cancer centres needing to be based in hospitals with full paediatric intensive care units. The changes will be imposed “with no exceptions or special arrangements permitted,” it said in a letter yesterday. This means the Royal Marsden’s children’s service at i
  10. News Article
    Health experts have raised the alarm over “serious” delays in diagnosing children and young people with cancer, as a study reveals the number found to have the disease during the pandemic fell by almost a fifth. The University of Oxford found a “substantial reduction in childhood, teenage and young adult cancer detection” in England last year. The research, being presented on Friday at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) festival, showed a 17% drop in cases diagnosed in the under-25s last year compared with previous years. The impact of Covid on adults with cancer is well k
  11. News Article
    Artificial intelligence (AI) systems being developed to diagnose skin cancer run the risk of being less accurate for people with dark skin, research suggests. The potential of AI has led to developments in healthcare, with some studies suggesting image recognition technology based on machine learning algorithms can classify skin cancers as successfully as human experts. NHS trusts have begun exploring AI to help dermatologists triage patients with skin lesions. But researchers say more needs to be done to ensure the technology benefits all patients, after finding that few freely avai
  12. Content Article
    This review examined 21 sets of data on skin lesions, including more than 100,000 images. The findings of the review highlighted that many of the datasets were missing important information, such as how images were chosen to be included and evidence of ethical approval or patient consent. 14 of 21 datasets gave information on which country they came from and, of those, nine contained images from European countries. The review notes that only a small percentage of images were accompanied by information about the patients’ skin colour or ethnicity. Among pictures where skin colour was
  13. News Article
    The NHS vaccination programme to prevent cervical cancer has so far stopped thousands of women from developing the disease and experiencing pre-cancerous changes to cells, a study has found. In the first proof that the programme launched in England 13 years ago is saving lives, the Cancer Research UK-funded study found that cervical cancer rates in women offered the vaccine between the ages of 12 and 13 (now in their 20s) were 87% lower than in an unvaccinated population. Researchers said cases in this age group, which are rare, dropped from about 50 per year to just 5. There we
  14. News Article
    About 1,600 fewer people than expected were diagnosed with the three most common cancers during the first nine months of the Covid pandemic. Public Health Scotland (PHS) has attempted to work out how restrictions put in place at the start of coronavirus affected diagnosis of the disease. The statistics show that breast cancer diagnosis was down by 19%, bowel cancer by 25% and lung cancer by 9%. The data also showed cancer was not being diagnosed at the earliest stages. This is when treatment is most successful. Cancer Research UK called for urgent action to prevent progress on c
  15. News Article
    A decade after scientists identified a link between certain implants and cancer, the US Food and Drug Administration has ordered “black box” warnings and a new checklist of risks for patients to review. Federal regulators have placed so-called black box warnings on breast implant packaging and told manufacturers to sell the devices only to health providers who review the potential risks with patients before surgery. Both the warnings and a new checklist that advises patients of the risks and side effects state that breast implants have been linked to a cancer of the immune system and
  16. News Article
    The NHS and private hospitals need to improve how they work together after the death of an NHS patient treated privately during the pandemic, a watchdog has warned. An investigation by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) found some private hospitals took on more complex patients than they were used to, while problems with communication and confusion over responsibilities created safety risks. It has called on the Care Quality Commission to do more to inspect how the two sectors work together and how patients are transferred between hospitals safely. It launched an
  17. News Article
    A drug developed over 20 years ago to treat cancer could help patients living with crippling pain, according to new research. Kenpaullone switches on a gene that douses chronic inflammation, say scientists. Experiments on mice and humans found it was remarkably successful at alleviating nerve injury and bone tumour symptoms. The US team is hopeful clinical trials will see equally successful results in humans suffering a host of conditions. Up to 8 million people in the UK live with chronic pain. Major causes include arthritis and spine damage. Lead author Professor Wol
  18. News Article
    Progress in clearing the NHS cancer treatment backlog in England has gone into reverse amid high Covid cases and staff shortages, analysis suggests. The NHS has been striving to catch up with the pandemic backlog of cancer care but the analysis by Macmillan Cancer Support of official data suggests the drive has recently suffered a setback, with growing numbers of potential cancer diagnoses missed. Four key cancer measures have fallen back, with two dropping to their worst ever recorded level. Figures published by NHS England, and analysed by Macmillan for the Guardian, show the
  19. News Article
    Twenty-four children in Northern Ireland with confirmed or suspected cancers had to wait over a year for a first appointment, a review has found. The figure, for April, is in a review of child health waiting lists by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. More than 17,000 children were waiting more than a year to see a hospital consultant for the first time. The commissioner said the waiting times were "terrifying". The review examined official waiting list data for children's health services not published as part of the Department of Health's stat
  20. News Article
    The programme of giving third Covid vaccinations to people with compromised immune systems has been a “chaotic failure”, charities have said, with fewer than half of those eligible contacted about a third jab before an NHS deadline this month. Surveys by Blood Cancer UK and Kidney Care UK found that for both groups of patients, between 55% and 60% had yet to be invited to get a third injection, seen as particularly vital for conditions which affect people’s immune systems, as they are generally less protected by two jabs. The charities said many of those who responded were desperatel
  21. Content Article
    The investigation: sought to understand the context and contributory factors influencing a delay in lung cancer diagnosis in a patient repeatedly attending primary care with non-specific symptoms. identified the systemic factors that help or hinder the detection of lung cancer on chest X-rays. considered the utility of chest X-ray to assess for lung cancer in symptomatic patients being seen in primary care. identified the implications of the findings for mitigating the risk of delayed diagnosis of lung cancer. Safety recommendations HSIB recommends that N
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