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Picture shows a woman wearing headphones sitting in front of a computer screen. Nurses can take a free online course on targeted cancer treatments. Launching in February, it comprises two to three hours of learning per week for five weeks.

Cancer nurses can take free course on targeted treatments

The online course, launching in February, comprises 2-3 hours per week for five weeks

Picture shows broadcaster Mark Radcliffe standing next to a park bench in the grounds of the University of Manchester which bears his tribute to cancer research.

Broadcaster Mark Radcliffe pays tribute to cancer research after recovery

The BBC broadcaster is supporting fundraising for a cancer research facility in Manchester

Picture shows men sitting in a row of chairs receiving free blood tests to check their PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels to screen for prostate cancer. More than 2,000 men received the test in a weekend event run by a volunteer group in Reading.

Thousands queue for free prostate cancer check

More than 2,000 men had a free PSA test in an event run by volunteers

Picture shows a young woman wearing a hijab looking worried. A study shows women from ethnic minority backgrounds living in England are more likely to be embarrassed to go to their GP with potential cancer symptoms than white women.

Ethnic minority women too shy to talk to GP about cancer

Women from ethnic minorities more likely than white women to not want to discuss symptoms

Illustration depicts tiny human figures on a giant-sized desk, representing cooperation on research tasks. A cancer charity is inviting nurses to a free day of learning about the latest research while networking with colleagues.

Clinical research nurses invited to day of learning and networking

Cancer charity hosts day of learning about research while networking with colleagues

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Nurses boost health screening rates by using Facebook to promote prevention services

Practice staff are harnessing social media to widen uptake and reduce anxiety

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Sex and cancer

Sex and intimacy after cancer treatment: how to provide support and information

Taboos over intimacy and sex prevent people affected by cancer treatment seeking help

Picture shows celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie styling a wig. People devastated by losing their hair due to chemotherapy are being helped by his charity, which trains hairdressers to customise their wigs.

Coping with chemo: charity customises wigs for patients dealing with hair loss

A charity trains hairdressers to style wigs for people who lose their hair in chemotherapy

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

Illustration of a nurse carrying a heavy emotional load in the form of a large heart on her back

Nurses' mental health: how managers can tackle compassion fatigue

‘Compassion fatigue’ is cited as an occupational hazard – but what support is available?

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

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

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Physical exercise may reduce risk of prostate cancer

Study finds reduced risk of prostate cancer among men with a specific DNA variation

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

Diagram of Wilm’s tumour in a baby

Gene causing rare form of kidney cancer identified

Children with Wilm’s tumour may no longer need nephrectomies

Picture shows a surgeon operating on a patient. A chemical that assists brain cancer surgery by making tumour cells fluorescent could also help to safely diagnose the disease and monitor its response to treatment, a study suggests.

Drink helps track brain cancer

A chemical drunk before surgery can make brain cancer easier to diagnose and monitor

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 a cigarette being stubbed out. Cigarette smoking in England fell by a quarter in 2011-18, pointing to the success of antismoking measures, researchers say

Smoking down by one quarter in seven years

Cigarette smoking in England fell, pointing to the success of antismoking measures

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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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