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Faecal occult blood test for bowel cancer

Screening can reduce incidence of bowel cancer

People with bowel cancer who had colonoscopies tended to live longer, study shows

Pictures shows a GP talking to a young man. People with cancer who skip urgent referral appointments for their symptoms are more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, researchers say

Skipping urgent referral linked to mortality risk

People with cancer who skip referrals are more likely to die within a year of diagnosis

Picture shows an older woman having a mammography scan. Alcohol use is estimated to be responsible for 5% to 11% of breast cancer cases and current evidence suggests that it is a risk factor for all age groups.

Women mostly unaware of alcohol risk for breast cancer

Need for culture change so risk posed by alcohol for breast cancer is accepted

Picture shows a patient receiving a bone marrow autotransplant, in which high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy are followed by infusion of the patient’s own stem cells.

Readmission risks after stem cell transplants

Infections and gastrointestinal symptoms most common reasons for readmission

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Identifying existential distress in people at the end of life

Some people nearing the end of life are more prone to feelings of distress than others

Smokers fail to quit after cancer diagnosis

Smokers did not quit after cancer diagnosis due to initial treatment failure and cost worries

Sexuality after haematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Study shows patients struggle with effects on sexuality of HSCT treatment

Importance of talking to seriously ill patients

Earlier, better conversations between clinicians and seriously ill patients improve outcomes

Breast surgery to avoid cancer makes women fret over body image

Women who have breast surgery to avoid cancer have a negative body image for years

Thromboembolism unlikely to cause premature death in people with cancer

Thromboembolism may be a symptom of disease rather than a cause of premature death

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Haematologic neoplasm in survivors of breast cancer

Incidence of myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplasia higher in women treated for breast cancer

Cancer diagnosis

Cancer diagnosis increases the risk of suicide

Researchers find suicide risk is highest in the first six months of a cancer diagnosis

Predictors of location of death for children receiving palliative care 

More than one third of all children with cancer in the US die in an institutional setting

US study looks at outpatient palliative care referral patterns in oncologists

Understanding outpatient palliative care referrals among thoracic medical oncologists

Prognosis communication for people with head and neck cancer

Analysis of succesfully communicating prognosis for people with head and neck cancer

Optimising bed rest period to reduce lumbar punctures after chemotherapy

Randomised controlled trial of bed rest optimisation to reduce obstacles in chemotherapies

Suicide risk higher in people with cancer, US study finds

Risk of suicide in people with cancer is higher than general population, research finds

Emotional vulnerability lower in breast cancer survivors over age 60, study finds

Lower levels of emotional distress reported in older patients following cancer survival

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