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Radiotherapy: is it time to lower the dose?

For thousands of women with breast cancer, radiotherapy is a necessary evil. As well as killing off cancer cells, it brings myriad side-effects, including fatigue, hair loss, diarrhoea and loss of appetite. Sometimes, when a high dose of radiation is deployed, the effects are severe. However, a recent study claims that targeted treatments of radiotherapy […]

Could mindfulness help you cope with cancer?

There has been much coverage of the concept of mindfulness and its importance as a remedy for all manner of modern-day ailments. But what about when your entire life has been knocked out of kilter by a breast cancer diagnosis? In a nutshell, mindfulness involves focusing upon what is occurring in the here and now: […]

The stress and breast cancer link: there’s no such thing…is there?

A disturbing conclusion from a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the World Cancer Research Fund: half of Britons polled think that stress can cause cancer, even though there is no scientific evidence to support that belief. The survey, which attempted to divine the general public’s knowledge of what does and does not cause […]

Home testing for breast cancer risks: coming soon?

We’re used to the idea of testing for pregnancy in the comfort of our own bathrooms, but would you be comfortable with testing your risk of breast cancer without consulting a surgeon? That possibility may be with us sooner rather than later if news emanating from the USA is anything to go by: a test for […]

Are we getting blasé about cancer screening?

We’re always keen to promote good news, but three recent news stories have surfaced all at once which need to be discussed. The first report: figures released by NHS Digital confirmed that the numbers of smear tests being carried out in the UK have reached a twenty-year low, having fallen across all age groups. The […]

Can vaping prevent breast cancer?

They’ve only been around for a decade, but the effects of the e-cig phenomenon can be seen on any high street. An estimated three million people in the UK are currently using e-cig technology, and the vast majority of them are former smokers. Obviously, everyone knows of the link between smoking and cancer, but the […]

Losing weight can help reduce breast cancer risk, claims American report

Looking for any more inspiration for shifting the pounds put on over the festive period? Research from the US has produced a massively important fact: that losing weight can help women cut their breast cancer risk by up to a third. The study, which was conducted by the Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research […]

The top cancer treatment breakthroughs of 2017

It’s fair to say that 2017 was a very good year in the field of cancer research, with a great many breakthroughs and developments – and now is as good a time as any to take a look back at what happened over the last year. Palbociclib and Ribociclib finally approved by the NHS After […]

Should overweight women be screened more often?

If you need a reason – another reason – to keep tabs on your weight, a recent study from Sweden has provided just that: according to the report, cancerous breast lumps are less likely to be detected in overweight or obese women before the tumour becomes large, sparking a call for more breast cancer screening […]

Palbociclib and Ribociclib finally approved by the NHS

The big medical news of last month was the green-lighting by the NHS of two new drugs designed to treat advanced breast cancer, meaning that approximately 8,000 sufferers in the UK will be given an extra edge in their fight against the disease. After negotiating prices for the treatments – after feeling the initial pricings […]