Cancer drugs fund list shrinks

The government has removed 15 products from the list of treatments available under the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF).
NHS England will continue paying for only 59 of the 84 treatments it had previously offered under the scheme which funds treatments lacking NICE approval such as orphan …

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Western diet limits prostate cancer survival

Eating a diet high in red meat, high-fat dairy products and refined grains significantly shortens survival rates following diagnosis of non-metastatic prostate cancer, US research suggests.
A paper published this week in Cancer Prevention Research compared the effects of a ‘Western’ diet with a ‘Prudent’ diet …

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Adjunctive docetaxel effective in prostate cancer

New UK research has found that adding docetaxel chemotherapy to standard hormone therapy markedly improves survival for men with newly diagnosed advanced prostate cancer not previously treated with hormone therapy (hormone-naïve).
Results from the study found that men who received docetaxel plus standard therapy lived on …

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Prostate cancer survival doubles with radiotherapy implants

A new study has found that men with prostate cancer who were given permanent radiotherapy implants were twice as likely to be disease-free five years later as those treated with external radiation.
These are the preliminary findings from a randomised controlled trial just presented at the European …

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Obesity considerably raises prostate cancer risk in African-American men

A new study has suggested that obesity may be responsible for higher rates of prostate cancer observed among African-American men.
Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the US discovered a significant gap between black men and non-Hispanic white men’s prostate cancer rates, and …

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Being overweight can cut risk of dementia

Being overweight can cut your risk of dementia new research has suggested, which has raised questions about previous health advice given.
The Research carried out in the UK notes that if you are underweight in middle age you have a greater chance of developing dementia, whilst …

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New way to treat dementia revealed using ‘brain pacemaker’

Scientists have found a new way to treat dementia through sending electrical impulses to specific areas of the brain to enhance the growth of new brain cells.

Using deep brain stimulation – a technique already used to treat Parkinson’s disease – can boost memory by causing …

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Exposure to blue light could treat erectile dysfunction

Impotency in men could be treated with a blue light rather than a blue pill (sildenafil; Viagra), according to Swiss scientists, who are developing a new therapy.
Biotechnologists from ETH Zürich have been developing a biotech solution for erectile dysfunction that involves injecting the penis with …

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Black men are less willing to be tested for prostate cancer

Black males are less willing to be investigated for prostate cancer despite being more prone to the disease.
A study published in the British Journal of General Practice notes that less than half of black males deemed at low risk opted for a prostate test after investigation, …

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Male prostate cancer raises women’s risk of breast cancer

Researchers have found that a family history of prostate cancer may also put women at an increased risk of breast cancer.
Published in the journal Cancer, the study says women whose father or brother has prostate cancer are more likely to develop breast cancer ­– as this …

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