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Picture shows a woman naked from the waist up, with a scar where one breast has been removed. People with cancer are allowing pictures of themselves displaying the scars from their treatment to be used in the fundraising Defiance project.

Stand Up To Cancer campaign uses photos of real people to portray ‘raw reality’

Photographs of cancer patients showing their scars appear in project to raise funds

NHS staff member receives her flu jab

For your patients’ sake, get the flu jab, senior official urges health workers

Professor says healthcare staff have a ‘very strong responsibility’ to accept vaccination

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Women in their sixties often skip offers of cancer screening

Most women in their sixties in England ignore at least one of three types of cancer screening

Cancer nurse specialists told the Macmillan survey that care for people living with cancer would improve if they were given time off for training

Cancer nurse specialists are topping up training in their own time, charity says

Macmillan survey finds heavy workloads prevent many from taking time off for CPD training

Nurse talking to a patient with cancer

Cancer survival: study cites nurse vacancies as factor in UK’s comparatively low rates

RCN says figures show the ‘distressing consequences’ of failure to invest in staff

Cancer patient survey shows quality of care at 'record high'. Overall, asked to rate their care on a scale of zero (very poor) to ten (very good), NHS patients gave an average rating of 8.8

Cancer patient survey shows quality of care at ‘record high’

Nine out of ten patients have access to a nurse specialist, but some concerns remain

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Picture shows a woman who has been having chemotherapy looking at test results with a nurse. This article reports on advice from health professionals on how cancer nurses can support patients with the menopause.

Cancer and the menopause: 10 ways nurses can help their patients

How nurses can best support patients experiencing cancer and the menopause

Picture of a boy ringing a bell to mark the end of his cancer treatment. Such ringing of bells is becoming more common in the NHS, though some patients object to it.

End of treatment bells in cancer wards: sound of hope or upsetting jangle?

Ringing an end of treatment bell is spreading in the NHS, but not everyone welcomes it

Liam Barnes and Jenifer Hawkins

In Laura’s name: the charity that aims to prevent suicide among nurses

The Laura Hyde Foundation campaigns for better mental health support for healthcare staff

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NHS must persuade nurses to return to practice – and get better at keeping staff too

Strategies to lure lapsed registrants back need to be matched by changes in the workplace

Active Surveillance

New guidance on active surveillance for men with low-risk cancer

NICE states that men opting for less radical treatment need information and support

Nurse at the patient's bedside

End of life care: what thousands of nurses told our annual survey

The pressures of short-staffing and how some staff spend breaks sitting with dying patients

Clinical update

One in seven UK women are diagnosed with breast cancer Picture: iStock

Breast cancer nursing: your guide to new RCN competency framework

The RCN has published a competency framework for the academic and career pathways of nurses

Picture shows olaparib capsules. Olaparib inhibits enzymes that repair DNA in cancer cells.

Ovarian cancer and Olaparib: what nurses need to know

Olaparib can be a first-line treatment for ovarian cancer rather than after chemotherapy

ONCOassist app

ONCOassist app: what nurses need to know

According to a study this app increases efficiency and improves patient experience

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Durvalumab: NICE recommends new lung cancer treatment

New drug is 'biggest advance' seen for some time in treating certain lung cancers

Biosimilars

Biosimilars: a snapshot of latest developments

Biosimilars are biological drugs that reproduce the effects of more expensive drugs

lung cancer

Combination therapy for untreated, metastatic, non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer

NICE recommends use of pembrolizumab with pemetrexed and platinum chemotherapy

Policy briefing

Nurses meeting to discuss and reflect following a difficult situation

Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

Glove awareness week

Correct use of gloves and how to protect your skin

RCN Glove Awareness week stresses correct use of gloves and how nurses can protect their skin

Marie Curie Legacy Campaign on the benefits of radiotherapy

The treatment is being undervalued in cancer care, experts say

Safeguarding framework will help nurses protect their patients

RCN sets out competencies for healthcare staff in relation to adult safeguarding

Secondary breast cancer

Secondary breast cancer: charity’s study reveals inadequate levels of care and support

Breast Cancer Care urges Health Education England to fund continuing professional development programmes to equip staff with the knowledge and skills to help people with secondary breast cancer

Support for men with cancer to keep working

A new guide, Working with Cancer, aims to support men to continue working after a diagnosis, saying that doing so can help recovery by providing something other than cancer to focus on and keeping things ‘normal’

Research news

Picture shows artwork depicting the enzyme human ARTD2 (pink) complexed with Olaparib cancer drug (green).

Ovarian cancer risk linked to missing bacteria

Lower levels of a protective bacteria put women at greater risk of developing ovarian cancer

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

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

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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

Sexuality after haematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Study shows patients struggle with effects on sexuality of HSCT treatment

Smokers fail to quit after cancer diagnosis

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

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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

Intensive care

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

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