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  1. News Article
    Artificial intelligence (AI) tools and deep learning models are a powerful tool in cancer treatment. They can be used to analyse digital images of tumour biopsy samples, helping doctors quickly classify the type of cancer, predict prognosis and guide a course of treatment for the patient. However, unless these algorithms are properly calibrated, they can sometimes make inaccurate or biased predictions. A new study led by researchers from the University of Chicago shows that deep learning models trained on large sets of cancer genetic and tissue histology data can easily identify the insti
  2. News Article
    This article by The Telegraph describes how average waiting times for 4.2 million people on the total NHS waiting lists has reached 37 weeks, with analysis showing patients are waiting twice as long as they were before the pandemic. Read full story (paywalled). Source: The Telegraph, 22 July 2021
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    In September 2020 the UK Government announced the winners of its first Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health and Care Awards and Kheiron's bid was successful. The funding that's been won will accelerate the roll out and rapid adoption of Mia (Mammography Intelligent Assessment) to address critical workforce challenges in NHS breast screening services in the UK. Kheiron is using the next 3 years to technically deploy and generate the evidence that our AI tool (Mia) can be safely adopted as the second reader in the breast screening workflow. They will be doing this across 15 NHS Breast Sc
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    Findings The PHSO analysed 25 complaints relating to failings in the imaging journey since 2013. Most concluded between 2018 and 2020. This report focuses on four key findings they have seen in their casework Failure to follow national guidelines on reporting unexpected imaging findings. Failure to act on important unexpected findings. Delays in reporting imaging findings. Failure to learn from past mistakes. Recommendations For the system as a whole: Recommendations from previous work related to imaging must be implemented as a priority (referring to
  5. Content Article
    The risks of targeting the wrong cancer Cancer patients often have to undergo rigorous, exhausting treatments and drug regimes, without achieving the improvements or remission that they seek. This is because certain therapies only work on a particular subset of cancers, based on the specific genetic mutations that the cells contain – if the cancer does not contain such mutations, the drug may be pointless. Moreover, patients who lack the mutation targeted by a drug will not only fail to benefit, but can actually be harmed by inappropriate targeted therapies.[1] Therefore, it is essential
  6. News Article
    It has been found there are 10,000 fewer patients starting treatment for breast cancer over the past year in England. Experts are advising patients to go to their GP if they notice anything unusual and not to wait to get screened or checked. Although breast cancer deaths were found to be at an all time low during the pandemic, experts are worried there may be more to the low figures than previously thought. Read full story. Source: Sky News, 15 June 2021
  7. News Article
    Many dread being invited for their cervical smear test - but Laurie Hodierne found it exhausting to have to keep asking for appointments, and trying to chase up the result. He is one of a number of transgender men who still have a cervix but are no longer registered as female at their GP surgery. Laurie was re-registered as male without requesting it, he says. And this means he could miss out on potentially life-saving cervical smear tests because he is not automatically called up for screenings. As a doctor, Laurie worries others who might be less able to navigate the health system
  8. News Article
    Covid has left a toxic legacy for the NHS, with hospitals facing a huge backlog, putting lives at risk, patient groups and staff are warning. And in-depth analysis by BBC News has found: waiting lists have ballooned at some hospitals in England, with more than one out of every 10 of patients in a quarter of trusts left at least a year without treatment major disruption to cancer services, with some hospitals struggling to treat half of their patients within the target time of two months concern growing for 45,000 "missing cancer patients", after drops in GP referrals and
  9. News Article
    A major trial to detect one of the most elusive and deadly cancers - ovarian - has failed to save lives, after two decades of work. The researchers, at University College London, said the results were a disappointment - and thanked the 200,000 people who participated. The trial had looked promising, with annual blood tests detecting cases of ovarian cancer earlier. But routine screening for the cancer is now a distant prospect. Ovarian cancer is tricky to diagnose because the symptoms are easily mistaken for less serious health problems. "Some women are diagnosed so late th
  10. News Article
    A world-leading treatment that halves the risk of lung cancer patients suffering a return of the disease after undergoing treatment, is to be rolled out by NHS England. In a trial of the drug – the first of its kind – around nine out of ten patients treated, remained alive and disease-free after two years – compared to more than four in ten who hadn’t received the new therapy. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for one in five of all cancer deaths. Around 100 patients in England with a rare form of cancer will initially have access to the
  11. News Article
    Blood cancer patients are one of the most vulnerable groups of people at risk of COVID-19, according to research, being 57% more likely to suffer severe disease compared to other cancer patients. Despite the high risk these patients face, charities such as Anthony Nolan, which assist blood cancer patients with finding a stem cell match, were left out of the allocated government budget that was announced in March. The cancellation of face-to-face fundraising and events, despite the increase in demand for services, have led their gross income to be down by an estimated £5.5m for 2021.
  12. News Article
    The number of people being diagnosed with cancer early in England has plummeted during the Covid pandemic, sparking fears that many will only be treated when it is too late to save them. Official figures show a third fewer cancers were detected at stage one, when the chances of survival are highest, in the early months of the pandemic than during the same months a year before. Cancer experts fear that the figures, which have been collected by Public Health England’s National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service, mean thousands of people have the disease but have not yet started t
  13. News Article
    A man who died from lung cancer might have been saved if a hospital trust had not "failed to act" on two abnormal chest X-rays, an investigation found. Growths identified in the patient's examinations were not followed up for three years and were then untreatable, the health ombudsman said. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust also failed to correctly handle a complaint from the man's daughter. The trust, which runs hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven, apologised. The investigation was carried out by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), which deal
  14. News Article
    Fears that their data would be shared with the Home Office following the Windrush scandal left some people from ethnic minorities afraid to access cancer services during the pandemic, an NHS England document has revealed. The paper from the West Midlands Cancer Alliance said there was a “perception” the government was “accelerating immigration removals” and that, as a result, “individuals (particularly those affected by the Windrush scandal) are then fearful of accessing cancer treatment and may not participate in screening programmes for fear their information will be inappropriately sha
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    In this webinar, Dr Sam Shah, Chief Clinical Digital Advisor, ORCHA, will be joined by Ellie Bryant, Senior Innovation Consultant, Macmillan Cancer Support; Amanda Begley, co-founder and National Director for the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) and Director of Innovation and Implementation, UCL Partners and Dr Tom Micklewrigh. The webinar will discuss: The findings from ORCHA's latest report: Digital Health for Cancer Services. The Macmillan Cancer Support Curated Content project working with ORCHA. The opportunity for innovation in the cancer pathway. Examples of
  16. Content Article
    Throughout the pandemic, NHS teams adopted new technologies to ensure as many patients as possible could get the care they need. Digital health offers a wealth of features such as patient-reported outcome collection, remote monitoring and self-management in real time. There is growing evidence of the benefit to integrating digital into routine supportive care in oncology practice to provide improved patient-centered care. So to extend support again now, digital health should continue to be part of the solution. But which technologies should teams choose to be part of a smart digital found
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