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.
A blood test is being developed to help detect bowel cancer. Early stage trials of the Volition NuQ test show that it detected 85% of colorectal cancers and over 50% of <abbr title="Polyps are growths on the wall of the bowel, which can be flat or like cherries on stalks.
You may have seen in the news today (28 Nov) concerns around the Cancer Drugs Fund. The Daily Mail reports that the Cancer Drugs Fund, which gives patients in England access to expensive cancer treatments on the NHS, is reportedly overspent.
A hair-raising campaign is getting hundreds of people across the country to grow beards this December.
Following on from Movember, Decembeard is now in its third year, all in aid of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer. Decembeard is encouraging people to become a ‘Beardy’ to help increase awareness of bowel cancer and break down the stigma of talking about the disease.
NHS England has today published a list of 10 NHS hospitals that will now offer life-extending SIRT to eligible patients with liver cancer that has spread from the bowel.
The announcement is part of a new £4.8 million initiative aimed at increasing access to specialist radiotherapy services. It’s believed around 220 patients a year could benefit as part of a time-limited programme called ‘Commissioning through Evaluation’.
We’re thrilled to announce that Beating Bowel Cancer has been chosen as one of the benefitting charities of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2014. It is hoped that our share of the appeal will be half a million pounds – the largest ever donation to the charity.
A new study published by the British Journal of Surgery has found that some bowel cancer patients whose disease has spread to the liver are missing out on surgery.
More than 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year and the disease spreads to the liver in around half of all cases. The study, led by Cancer Research UK, looked at rates of liver surgery in Yorkshire and found that only a fifth of patients were being referred to liver specialists.
Today the Cabinet Secretary for Health Alex Neil announced measures to increase Scottish patients’ access to drugs that are not routinely available on the NHS. His package of improvements include the scrapping of the current Independent Patient Treatment Review (IPTR) process which a group of MSPs and charities acknowledged was failing cancer patients. The proposal is to replace it with what will be called a Peer Approved Clinical System.
Today the Prime Minister David Cameron met with bowel cancer patient Simon Hawkins to hear how being able to receive the drug bevacizumab thanks to the Cancer Drugs Fund had saved his life. The Prime Minister was at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford to meet cancer patients and hear what the Cancer Drugs Fund has meant to them.