Baxter Prize for early career cancer research invites nominations

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 07:55

The Anne and Normile Baxter Prize for Cancer Research invites nominations. The prize is awarded to an early career researcher, either a PhD student or a junior postdoctoral fellow (two years or less into his/her postdoc) whose work is likely to make a significant contribution to cancer research at the University of Dundee. The prize should be used to support the recipient’s research ambitions and to her/his career. Nominations for this prize are invited from anyone across the University of Dundee seeking to encourage a broad range of...

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New kind of scan finds cancer's sleeper cells

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:00

Researchers have developed a new imaging technique that lights up cancer’s sleeper cells, warning patients and doctors of a potential relapse according to a study published in Cancer Research.

Cancer Research UK scientists at Imperial College London have developed a non-invasive scan which can detect dormant cancer cells in mice. Since most cancer treatments rely on targeting fast growing cells, these dormant cells can be resistant to therapy and are often responsible for cancers coming back.

Professor Eric Aboagye, senior author on the study, said: “The ability of cancer cells to escape...

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Kidney cancer rates up by 30 per cent in last decade

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:55

Kidney cancer rates have soared by 30 per cent since the early 2000s according to the latest figures published by Cancer Research UK.

Over the last decade, the rates of people diagnosed have risen from 9 in every 100,000 to 12 people in every 100,000 now.

This means that cases hit 10,000 a year for the first time, up from around 6,900 a decade ago.

All age groups have seen an increase, with the largest in those 80 and over. And experts believe obesity is one of the main reasons for this sharp increase. Smoking is also a risk factor.

But, more cases are also detected through new imaging methods, such as ultrasound and computed tomography (CT), which can pick up...

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EU vote to usher in tough new standards on tobacco - CR-UK

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:50

Tough new anti-tobacco measures will go further than ever before in safeguarding health and helping to curb the spread of tobacco products across Europe, says Cancer Research UK.

The “yes” vote in the European Parliament supporting the EU Tobacco Products Directive on 26 February 2014 sets minimum standards that the UK must meet on tobacco control, including:

•Mandatory picture health warnings covering 65 per cent of the front and back of each cigarette pack. These warnings will be at the top of each pack. The UK and Ireland are already considering plain, standardised...

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Cancer doctors say drugs system is unfit for purpose - BBC

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 09:55

Senior doctors involved in the treatment of cancer patients have said many of them are not getting the drugs they need, reports BBC.

Members of the Beatson Oncology Centre Consultant Committee have written to the Scottish parliament's health committee about the issue. They said the system is "inflexible, opaque and unfit for purpose".

The health secretary Alex Neil has said all patients should have access to drugs which would benefit them.

Doctors at the Beatson, based in Glasgow, provide specialist care for more than...

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