Oncology

Higher lymphocyte infiltration predicts increased ovarian cancer survival rates

A new study from the Mayo Clinic and University of New South Wales Sydney has revealed how levels of immune response could be used to predict survival rates in patients with ovarian cancer. Published by the Ovarian Tumor Tissue Analysis Consortium in JAMA Oncology, the research examined levels of a...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month worldwide. It sees women joining forces to raise awareness of the disease, which is the most common cancer in the UK. Some one in eight women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and one person is diagnosed with the disease every ten...

Breast cancer death rates ‘fell 39% between 1989 and 2015’

Breast cancer death rates dropped 39 percent between 1989 and 2015, according to Breast Cancer Statistics, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The findings also revealed that while black women continue to have higher breast cancer death rates than white women across the US, death...

Women with disabilities ‘less likely to participate in breast cancer screening’

Women with disabilities are 36 per cent less likely to participate in breast cancer screening and 25 per cent less likely to take part in bowel cancer screening than women reporting no disabilities, according to new research from the University of Oxford, UK. More than a fifth of the nearly 500,000...

Characteristics of mobile mammography patients examined

Significant differences were found among women receiving mammograms at a cancer centre compared to those visiting a mobile mammography van, according to new research conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina, US. Mobile mammography units have increasingly been used to address patient...

Abdominal fat ‘is a cancer driver for postmenopausal women’

Body fat distribution is more important than body weight when it comes to cancer risk in postmenopausal women, according to new research. It was found that the ratio of abdominal fat to peripheral fat was a significant independent predictor of cancer diagnosis up to 12 years. Study investigator...

Smoking ‘negatively affects breast cancer survival rates’

Smoking can negatively affect long-term survival chances after breast cancer, according to a new study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), US. The study was intended to examine whether smoking at the time of diagnosis and changes in smoking within five years after...

Exercise linked to increased cognitive function in breast cancer survivors

An increase in physical activity could more than double mental processing speed in women who have survived breast cancer, according to new research conducted by the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, US. It is currently estimated that up to 75 per cent of breast cancer...

Pre-eclampsia linked to lower breast cancer risk

Researchers have found that women who have a history of pre-eclampsia - a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure - can see up to a 90 per cent fall in the risk of breast cancer if they carry a specific common gene variant. The research was directed by lead author Dr Mark Powell...

Cancer patients still facing lack of information about impact on fertility

Patients undergoing cancer treatment are still not getting enough support when it comes to the impact that the disease and its treatment has on their fertility, a new study has discovered. According to findings from the Kids Cancer Center at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Australia, reported...