Breast cancer helpline founder paid herself £31k

Breast cancer helpline founder paid herself £31k

A national breast cancer charity is being investigated after its founder paid herself £31,000 in breach of charity law. Wendy Watson MBE, who launched National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline in 1996, has resigned as a trustee. Financial irregularities were uncovered by the Charity Commission, which has issued an official warning for “significant breaches of trust”. Lawyers for Mrs Watson and the charity described the payments as “an error”. Mrs Watson, of Derbyshire, founded the charity…

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Pancreatic cancer trial: Early surgery boosts success rates

Pancreatic cancer trial: Early surgery boosts success rates

Speeding up access to surgery for pancreatic cancer patients diagnosed early enough increased success rates by a third, a pilot scheme has shown. The Birmingham team said it had saved the NHS £3,200 per patient and could help hundreds of patients UK-wide. The trial involved cutting average time to surgery for 32 patients from two months to just over two weeks – 31 had their tumours removed successfully. But it will be two years before…

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Kidney cancer drug approved for NHS use in England

Kidney cancer drug approved for NHS use in England

A drug which could prolong life for people with advanced kidney cancer has been approved for use on the NHS in England and Wales. Cabozantinib has the potential to switch off tumours in some patients and could give them many months of good-quality life, doctors said. Kidney cancer is the seventh most common cancer in the UK with around 12,000 new cases every year. The drug has already been approved for use in Scotland. A…

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Spreading cancer caught on film

Spreading cancer caught on film

Media playback is unsupported on your device The way in which every single cancer cell spreads around the body has been captured in videos by a team in Japan. The normal body tissues show up as green, while the cancer comes out as intense red spots. The team, at the University of Tokyo and the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, says the technology will help explain the deadly process. The research is on mice so far,…

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Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment. The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working. Cancer Research UK said the test could “greatly improve survival”. But larger studies involving more men needed to take place to confirm if doctors could rely on the test, the charity said. Blood samples from 49…

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Drug that creates a 'real sun-tan' could prevent cancer

Drug that creates a 'real sun-tan' could prevent cancer

Scientists have developed a drug that mimics sunlight to make the skin tan, with no damaging UV radiation involved. The drug tricks the skin into producing the brown form of the pigment melanin in tests on skin samples and mice. Evidence suggests it will work even on redheads, who normally just burn in the sun. The team at Massachusetts General Hospital hope their discovery could prevent skin cancer and even slow the appearance of ageing….

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Boobs and Brass: The female band raising cash for breast cancer

Boobs and Brass: The female band raising cash for breast cancer

In 2006, two friends decided to break the male dominance of the brass band world by forming an all-female band – and called it Boobs and Brass. Eleven years on, they have raised £200,000 for charity and have more than 600 members across the UK. On Friday, Boobs and Brass was given the BBC Music Day Brass Band Award, for the band that best embodies the BBC Music Day 2017 theme – “the power of…

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Prostate cancer treatment 'could help more patients'

Prostate cancer treatment 'could help more patients'

One of the largest clinical trials for prostate cancer has given “powerful results”, say UK researchers. A drug for treating prostate cancer that has spread was found to save lives when offered earlier, a study found. The trial looked at abiraterone as an additional treatment in patients with prostate cancer who were about to start long-term hormone therapy. Abiraterone improved survival, according to results published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Prof Nicholas James,…

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