Oncology

26% of senior oncology patients use complementary or alternative medicines

Just over a quarter (26 per cent) of senior oncology patients are currently using alternative medicines, new research has suggested. A recent report published in the Journal of Geriatric Oncology said that many oncologists were currently unaware of the alternative medicines being taken by their...

New subdermal implant ‘stops HIV from spreading’

Scientists have developed a new subdermal (under the skin) implant that delivers powerful antiretroviral drugs that prevent the spread of HIV . This is according to a new paper published in the Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy journal, which noted that the matchstick implant is able to...

UK approves new cervical cancer drug

Women with advanced cervical cancer in the UK will be able to benefit from a new drug, the first to be officially approved in the country in over ten years. Avastin, which NHS England has added to the Cancer Drugs Fund, has been found to, along with chemotherapy, extend the lives of women by a...

UK to start selling its first legally-approved self-testing HIV kits

The UK will start selling its first legally-approved HIV self-testing kits from May, courtesy of Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust. They will be available to purchase via its online Freedoms shop and are provisionally priced at £29.95. The kit works by detecting the...

No change for breast screening age in the US

The prevailing breast screening programme in the US will continue as normal, with experts agreeing that 50 is the right age for mammograms to take place. That said, new guidelines that have been released state that women in their 40s should consult with their doctor if they wish to have an earlier...

‘Kick and kill strategy’ may beat HIV

Scientists say that a new vaccine could be developed to stimulate the body’s immune system to fight and eradicate HIV . A collaborative study carried out by University College London (UCL), the University of Oxford, both in the UK, and the University of North Carolina, in the US, says that a...

British women 'delay visit to GP' on spotting potential breast cancer symptoms

Approximately a fifth of of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a potential symptom wait around a month before making an appointment with their GP in the UK. This is according to new research by YouGov on behalf of Breast Cancer Care, which also found that five per cent...

Breast cancer experts meet to discuss key issues

Leaders in the field of breast cancer research have been debating whether there is a need to modify classification systems and discussed what role genetic variability plays in the disease. Meeting at the 14th St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Consensus Conference in Vienna, Austria,...

A ‘strong link’ found between diabetes and advanced stage breast cancer

Scientists have found a “strong link” between diabetes and advanced stage breast cancer, a new joint study by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Women’s College Research Institute - both based in Canada - has stated. "Our findings suggest that women...

Breast cancer tests 'can be inaccurate'

Biopsies carried out to test for breast cancer may not deliver accurate results the first time, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The paper found that pathologists, who took part in experiments to gauge their ability to accurately identify...