Oncology

Study: India must avoid a breast cancer epidemic

A lack of early diagnosis of breast cancer in India is leading the country towards an epidemic, it has been reported. According to a study published in the Journal of Business Research - which was the first of its kind to look at breast cancer in India - educating men could be key to encouraging...

Women have superior response to oesophageal cancer

Female patients with locally advanced oesophageal cancer that is treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy before surgery are more likely to have a favourable response to the treatment than male patients, according to a new study. The research, conducted by the Mayo Clinic, US, also found...

Statins: Women with high cholesterol have lower rates of breast cancer

Women with high cholesterol have significantly lower rates of breast cancer and improved mortality, it has been revealed. According to a 14-year study in more than one million people, there is also evidence that statins are associated with lower rates of breast cancer and subsequent mortality...

New test can predict risk of breast cancer returning

New research has revealed a way for scientists to spot women at high risk of breast cancer recurring within ten years of diagnosis. The study, conducted by the Institute of Cancer Research, London, found that women with a high number of immune cell ‘hotspots’ in and around tumours were...

FDA approves new drug to stop breast cancer returning

The FDA has approved a new drug that could help thousands of women in the US that have been diagnosed with a particular type of aggressive breast cancer. Nerlynx will soon be available to try and prevent cancer from returning when patients haven't responded to other treatment options. “...

New blood test could improve breast cancer survival rates

Women who are in the advanced stages of breast cancer could receive treatment that could extend their life, as scientists develop a test called "liquid biopsy". The method is able to detect the DNA of a tumour, identifying and tracking any changes in 13 different genes. These include some...

Cancer is now more likely than getting married

Research from Macmillan Cancer Support has shown that you are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than you are to get married. Figures from the group have revealed that there were 361,216 cancers diagnosed in 2014 in the UK, compared to 289,841 marriages. Having the disease is also more common...

Cancer survivors have decreased fertility chances, study suggests

Women who have survived cancer are a third less likely to become pregnant than females who have never had any treatment. This is according to a study from a team at Edinburgh University, UK, which sheds some insight on the long-term impact the disease can have on fertility. It found that this...

Quarter of women missing smear tests ‘unaware they exist’

More than one-quarter (28 per cent) of women who are overdue a smear test are unaware of the cervical screening programme, a Cancer Research UK survey has revealed. The survey also revealed that 51 per cent of those overdue for the test said they intended to go in the future.These were more likely...

New test provides breast cancer prognosis

New research has revealed that using a molecular test called MammaPrint can show doctors whether breast cancer is likely to be terminal. During testing, 15 per cent of patients had an ‘ultralow risk’ of dying from breast cancer in the long term. The researchers estimated that as many as...