Coronavirus: Huge disruption to cancer care revealed

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Cancer care in England has faced major disruption during the pandemic with big drops in numbers being seen following urgent referrals by GPs, figures show. The number of people being assessed by a cancer doctor within two weeks of a referral fell to 79,500 – a drop of 60% in April. from https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52985446

NHS staff shortages put ‘cancer survival rates at risk’

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Progress on treating cancer has stalled in Scotland because of staff shortages and a lack of funding, according to a parliamentary report. The Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Cancer found that 18% of cancer patients in June were not seen within the six-week target. from https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-50454018

High levels of two hormones in the blood raise prostate cancer risk

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Men with higher levels of ‘free’ testosterone and a growth hormone in their blood are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to research presented at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference. from https://www.ncri.org.uk/ncri-blog/high-levels-of-hormones-raise-prostate-cancer-risk/

Charles Jencks: The man whose architecture uplifted the dying

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Two minutes after Charles Jencks and his wife, Maggie, were told her cancer had returned and she had months to live, the couple found themselves in a dark hospital corridor. They were both remarkable people, highly intellectual and had travelled the world lecturing on architecture and history. from https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-50056219

Raigmore Hospital offers tattoo-less radiotherapy for breast cancer patients

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Congratulations to the medical, physics, dosimetry, tech, radiography and nursing teams at the Oncology department at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness on becoming the first Cancer Centre to offer tattoo-less radiotherapy for breast cancer patients in the NHS. Reducing the stigmata of radiotherapy reduces the stigma of radiotherapy. Hopefully these combinations of surface-guided and image-guided setup…