The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has announced that a treatment called afilbercept (Zaltrap) is to be made available for use on the NHS in Scotland.
This treatment is used in conjunction with chemotherapy for patients whose bowel cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland with almost 4,000 people diagnosed each year. Future projections of the prevalence of bowel cancer in Scotland suggest there will be a 20% increase in the number of people getting the disease between 2013 and 2017.
We were alerted to a segment on ITV’s This Morning on 25 February when the topic of bowel cancer was discussed.
Bowel cancer can affect people of any age. Around 8 in 10 cases are in people aged 60 and over.
Beating Bowel Cancer is dedicated to raising awareness of bowel cancer and its symptoms in all age groups.
We are talking to Dr Chris Steele and ITV This Morning about the importance of raising awareness of symptoms in people of all ages.
Beating Bowel Cancer’s annual Be Loud Be Clear Parliamentary Reception was held on 29 January in the House of Commons.
The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt (pictured left), joined Members of Parliament, bowel cancer patients and members of Beating Bowel Cancer, to help raise awareness of the disease.
It has been reported in some newspapers today that a number of radiotherapy machines in England are old and need replacing.
The Daily Mirror reports that a document reveals that one in eight radiotherapy units being used at NHS hospitals in England are more than 10 years old, and that half of all machines have reached an age when guidelines suggest plans should be in place to replace them.
It was with great sadness that we learned that Jane Clegg (Bardsley) passed away on Sunday 26th January. Our deepest sympathies go to her husband Alastair and her three children, Zak, Ilias and Rosie.
In tribute to Jane, Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “Jane was a real friend of the charity and of the many individuals that she came into contact with through Beating Bowel Cancer. She provided support and advice to fellow bowel cancer patients through our online forum, all the time while facing her own illness.
Latest figures published by the charity Cancer Research UK have shown that the number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year has reached more than 330,000 for the first time.
Whilst more people than ever are being diagnosed with cancer, survival has doubled in the last 40 years due to improvements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
In 2001 there were around 283,000 cases diagnosed, meaning there has been an increase of almost 50,000 over the last ten years.
The whole team at Beating Bowel Cancer is saddened to hear about the loss of one of our incredible supporters, Hazel Elkamouri.
Hazel (left) is pictured here at our Patient Day last year with good friend Dafydd and her cousin Suzanne.
We are very sad to hear of the loss of one of our valued members of the Beating Bowel Cancer community, Tony Levy.
In tribute to Tony, Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “The loss of Tony Levy wasn’t unexpected – he battled long and hard against this foul disease – but our grief is not minimised by the fact we knew the inevitable would happen.
New data has revealed that more than half of GPs are missing a NHS target for referring patients with suspected cancer.
The data, covering every GP practice in England, enables patients to see how their local surgery is performing against certain indicators, such as urgently referring patients to specialists if they have symptoms of cancer.
New research released today by Benenden Health and Beating Bowel Cancer reveals that people are still putting on a ‘brave face’ when it comes to health concerns.
A study of 2,000 people found that almost 40% of people admit they have hidden illness and health concerns from partners or family members, while one in five have had a serious illness and not told their loved ones.