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Thousands of cancer patients missing out on targeted therapies

According to a new report from Cancer Research UK, thousands of cancer patients are missing out on personalised treatments each year in England because they are not being tested to see if they might benefit from them.

These tests identify the genetic faults underlining a patient’s cancer some of which can benefit from targeted therapies. The report focused on patients with skin, lung and bowel cancer, as targeted drugs are available on the NHS for these cancer types.

More people in Scotland need to take the screening test.

A record number of people in Scotland are using bowel cancer screening tests but poorer people are less likely to take the test, as figures reveal a significant gap between wealthy and people from less affluent areas.

Even though more than a million people in Scotland have taken the test,results still fall short of the 60 per cent standard set by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Patron Matt Dawson to start Ride London event.

We are very excited to announce that our patron Matt Dawson will officially start the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle race on Sunday. Matt will drop the flag and start the first wave at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 6am on Sunday alongside fellow rugby star Martin Johnson.

Our response to Cancer Taskforce report

A new report released yesterday by the Independent Cancer Taskforce in England has outlined six priorities to help the NHS achieve world-class cancer outcomes.

The cancer report outlines how an additional 30,000 patients every year could survive cancer for 10 years or more by 2020. Of these, around 11,000 would be through earlier diagnosis.

Responding to the new five year cancer strategy, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer Mark Flannagan, says:

New audit shows large variation in care of patients undergoing emergency surgery

The findings of the first-ever national emergency laparotomy audit are widely reported in the media today.  The main headline is that more than one in 10 (11%) of those having emergency bowel surgery die within 30 days.

Matt Dawson leads our biggest ever team for Prudential RideLondon

TV personality and rugby star, Matt Dawson MBE, will be leading Beating Bowel Cancer's team of almost 200 cyclists in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on 2nd August.

NICE guidelines help GPs recognise cancers early

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today published their updated and redesigned guideline to help GPs recognise the signs and symptoms of cancer and refer people for the right tests faster.

Patient Day comes to Manchester

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be holding a Patient Day in Manchester for the first time on 21 November 2015.

For a number of years we’ve been running successful Patient Days in London, where patients, families and nurses come together for a day of learning, support and inspiration.

New study indicates radiation therapy can help delay growth of secondary tumours in the liver

Results of a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Conference in Chicago yesterday indicate that when a form of radiation therapy is given to advanced bowel cancer patients in combination with chemotherapy, it can halt the growth of tumours in the liver for an additional 8 months when compared to the current standard treatment.

Head office building works

Beating Bowel Cancer’s head office in Teddington will be undergoing some building works from Friday 22 May which will be completed on Monday 22 June.

During this time our nurse helpline and office will close early on two days:

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