Market pressures and inadequate production are hampering access to essential antibiotics, including those for treating babies and children

Antibiotics used to treat a variety of common bacterial infections are becoming more difficult to access, mostly because the drugs are less profitable for manufacturers to produce and market. Writing in a commentary in Clinical Microbiology and Infection [1], researchers … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 15th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases

Brachytherapy rather than surgery is a good option for cancer of the penis

Vienna, Austria: Results from the largest group of men treated for cancer of the penis by a single institution have shown that treatment with brachytherapy (a type of radiotherapy) is a good option that can be used instead of surgery … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

Watching movies can replace general anaesthesia for children with cancer having radiotherapy

Vienna, Austria: Children with cancer could be spared dozens of doses of general anaesthesia by projecting a video directly on to the inside of a radiotherapy machine during treatment, according to research presented at the ESTRO 36 conference. Although cancer … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Study suggests a role for radiotherapy for extending the lives of pancreatic cancer patients

Vienna, Austria: Patients with early stage pancreatic cancer could be given longer to live if they receive radiotherapy at a high enough dose, according to research presented at the ESTRO 36 conference. Pancreatic cancer already affects around 338,000 people worldwide … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Giving a single, high dose of radiation directly to the site of a prostate tumour is safe and results in high patient satisfaction

Vienna, Austria: Doctors have found that treating prostate cancer with a single, high dose of radiation delivered precisely to the site of the tumour results in good quality of life and fewer trips to the hospital, with adverse side effects … Continue reading

Published Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Adaptive radiotherapy reduces pneumonitis while controlling lung cancer

Vienna, Austria: Lung cancer patients who are treated with radiotherapy can develop an inflammation of the lung tissue called pneumonitis; this can limit the dose of radiation they can receive and severe forms of pneumonitis, if left untreated, can be … Continue reading

Published Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

ESTRO announces GIRO: a project to save one million lives in under twenty years

Vienna, Austria: Although radiation therapy is an essential part of modern cancer treatment, and is indicated for about half of all new cancer patients, facilities for its provision are sadly lacking in many countries worldwide. Indeed, 29 out of 52 … Continue reading

Published Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Cervical cancer survivors frequently suffer from long-term fatigue, insomnia and hot flushes

Vienna Austria: Around half of women who have been treated for locally advanced cervical cancer suffer from symptoms of insomnia, fatigue or hot flushes at some point, according to new research presented at the ESTRO 36 conference. Cervical cancer affects … Continue reading

Published Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Uncategorized

England’s Cancer Drugs Fund ‘failed to deliver meaningful value to patients and society’

Analysis of the drugs that were approved for use by the NHS Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) in England has shown that the fund was not good value for patients and society and may have resulted in patients suffering unnecessarily from … Continue reading

Published Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

Symptoms of cystitis probably caused by bacterial infection, even when tests are negative

The majority of women suffering with pain when urinating, or needing to urinate often or urgently probably do have a bacterial infection, even when nothing is detected by standard urine testing. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) such as … Continue reading

Published Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Infectious diseases
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