Oncology

Study: Blood test could delay breast cancer progression

A blood test that detects when the most common form of breast cancer has become resistant to treatment could more than double the average time it takes for the disease to progress, according to a new study. Researchers at the UK’s Institute of Cancer Research, London, (ICR) and The Royal...

Breast cancer sufferers in the UK missing out on treatments

Breast cancer sufferers in the UK are being denied innovative treatments available in other countries, according to new research by the charities Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK. The ‘International Comparisons of Health Technology Assessment' report has said that this is likely...

Protein discovery ‘could lead to breakthrough in breast cancer treatment’

Biomedical scientists have revealed the inner workings of a group of proteins that help switch critical genes on and off during blood cell production. Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) have said that this finding could be a breakthrough for developing new and improved cancer...

Womb cancer cases increasing with rise in obesity

The number of womb cancer cases is on the rise in Britain, which experts believe correlates directly with the country's increase in obesity. New statistics from the charity Cancer Research UK show that womb cancer diagnoses have climbed significantly over the past 20 years, with 19 in every 100...

US doctors develop new way to predict breast cancer risk

US researchers have developed a new way to accurately predict a woman's risk of contracting breast cancer. Doctors from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital have discovered that women with higher levels of the biomarker Ki67 in their bodies were up to five times...

Scientists develop chemical peel to tackle cervical cancer

Scientists in Vienna, Austria, have developed a new chemical peel-style treatment that has proved effective in removing pre-cancerous cells from the cervix. The treatment consists of 85 per cent trichloroacetic acid, which is a substance traditionally used during cosmetic chemical skin peels to...

Making smear tests free 'doesn't increase uptake'

Taking away the fee associated with smear tests in Sweden did not encourage increased uptake of the cervical cancer screening process, a new report reveals. Research carried out at the country's University of Gothenburg saw 1,562 women being given the opportunity to have a free gynaecological...

Drugs 'can shrink breast cancer tumours in just 11 days'

Doctors have put a new combination of drugs together for the first time, finding that they could significantly reduce breast cancer tumours in just 11 days. The study was carried out by scientists from the Institute of Cancer Research, the University of Manchester and the University Hospital of...

10% of breast cancer cases diagnosed in new mothers

Ten per cent of breast cancer cases affecting younger women affect new mothers who are either pregnant or breastfeeding, new statistics reveal. Figures from UK charity Breast Cancer Care show that one-tenth of instances of the disease are first detected when a woman is expecting or feeding a baby,...

Could gum disease increase breast cancer risk?

Postmenopausal women who have gum disease may be more likely to develop breast cancer, according to a new study. Research conducted by Jo L Freudenheim, a professor from the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and the University of Buffalo, led to the discovery that periodontal...