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An NHS trust is advising doctors to refrain from making a referral for investigation for patients suspected of having cancer, unless they can attend their appointment within two weeks.
Government guidelines suggest that patients suspected of having a tumour should have a referral to see a specialist within two weeks and so the move by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will ensure this target will be met.
However, it will also mean that patients could end up waiting longer than necessary to see a specialist.
Chief Executive of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire …

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A new drug that’s been developed for those suffering from advanced stages of prostate cancer has been deemed ‘too expensive’ by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
The drug, called cabazitaxel, has been proven to extend life for a period of around two months in those whom other treatments have stopped working.  It has only just been licensed in the UK, and is one which the Prostate Cancer Charity says is an important treatment that can allow men to spend precious extra time with their families.
However, at around …

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The Rarer Cancers foundation (RCF) have discovered that cancer patients in England are increasingly more likely to access effective drugs than those in Wales or Scotland.
Having reviewed statistics from health trusts across England, the RCF claim there is a “devastating divide” across the UK in how successful patients are in receiving drugs that have been approved by the government run cancer drugs fund.
The cancer drugs fund had been set up so that patients could be given access to drugs that were doctor approved but had not been released for national …

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It appears that the UK is in the grip of a seemingly uncontrollable frenzy – that of becoming severely overweight.
The Lancet Medical Journal has published research that shows quite how bad the obesity epidemic has become in Britain, with levels rising on an almost daily basis.  If the current trend continues, the statistics predict that by the year 2030 that 43 per cent of women and an astounding 48 per cent of men will be obese.
Of course, this presents the NHS with an ever increasing problem, with health issues related …

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Prime Minister David Cameron had to fend off repeated questioning from the Labour leader Ed Miliband recently, as the latter asked why cancer patients would be “penalised” as part of the welfare reforms taking place. The discussion took place during the regular Prime Minister’s Questions.
Macmillan Cancer Support has already spoken up about its concerns about the welfare reforms and how they will affect cancer patients. The reforms will mean that people will have their benefits means tested after 12 months. This applies to cancer sufferers as well as others, and …

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 A damning report by the King’s Fund has revealed that the UK’s cancer survival rate is amongst the lowest in the Western world.
The UK has the lowest survival rates for bowel, breast and lung cancer out of six countries including Sweden, Canada and Australia.
The figures show that 53.6% of bowel cancer patients survived for at least five years after diagnosis, compared to 65.9% in Australia.
Furthermore, 88.5% of women in Sweden survived for at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, whereas in the UK only 81.6% survived for …

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After months of objections from politicians and charities, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley yesterday confirmed that the cancer networks, which help aid Primary Care Trusts in the treatment of cancer patients, will be safe when reforms are put into place. Until now Lansley had made clear that it would be up to the proposed GP consortiums as to which services would receive funding, but last night he announced that the government, “will fund and support cancer networks in 2012-13, (and) the NHS commissioning board will thereafter continue to support strengthened cancer …