Oncology

Six months of breast cancer treatment ‘could be as effective as 12 in some women’

Six months of targeted drug therapy could potentially be as effective as treatment lasting 12 months for women with a type of early stage breast cancer. This is according to unpublished clinical trial results. Roughly nine in ten women taking trastuzumab - sold under the brand name Herceptin - for...

Pill may be better than mammograms at diagnosing breast cancer

Researchers from the University of Michigan in the US have developed a new method of diagnosing breast cancer that may be significantly more effective than mammograms. The team at the university has been working on a pill that will make tumours light up when exposed to infrared light, with this...

Global ovarian cancer rates 'set to rise significantly'

The number of women being diagnosed with ovarian cancer is likely to see a significant increase over the next two decades, according to a new study. The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition, a group of patient organisations, has published its 2018 Every Woman Study, which has collated data from 1,000...

Gene tests help identify best treatment for one kind of breast cancer

New research has found that aggressive breast cancers where a particular faulty gene is present will respond more readily to a particular type of treatment, Cancer Research UK has revealed. A study jointly funded by Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Now found that where a faulty BRCA gene is...

Breast cancer drug shown to accelerate tumour growth in lab tests

A certain type of breast cancer drug may actually be causing cancer cell growth to accelerate under some circumstances, according to new research. Scientists from the UK's Francis Crick Institute, King's College London and Barts Cancer Institute at the Queen Mary University of London have...

Breath and urine tests offer early breast cancer detection hope

New research has found that tests on breath and urine can provide early indicators of breast cancer. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center in Israel have found they can use existing equipment to isolate breast cancer biomarkers using patient samples...

Tanzania commences youth cervical cancer vaccination programme

The government of Tanzania has begin a programme of vaccination against cervical cancer for girls as young as nine. Over 600,000 girls aged between nine and 14 are receiving the jabs in order to protect them against developing the disease at an early age. Cervical cancer is the focus of government...

Nearly 9 out of 10 at risk women mistrust breast cancer prevention drugs

Nearly 90 per cent of women who are offered a preventative treatment against breast cancer turn down the medication. That is according to a study funded by Cancer Research UK in Britain, which found that these women mistrust the drugs, fear side effects and, in some cases, believe it is their fate...

New scan offers drug resistance detection aid

A new scan could help improve the treatment of breast cancer by helping to identify cases where the disease has gained sufficient resistance to a drug to stop responding to the medicine. Researchers from the Institute of Cancer Research in London, UK, have developed a scan that tracks molecules and...

Personalised vaccines for ovarian cancer extend survival rate

A study into the potential benefits of personalised vaccines to treat ovarian cancer in stage III and IV patients has found they can improve survival rates. Scientists at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Switzerland discovered that a new type of vaccine induces novel, potent and...