As various authorities are fond of pointing out – the cost of cancer treatment and medication can be extreme. Generic drugs are common and there are others (not counting dubious…
Another Weekly Wednesday round-up from one of our members. The video below is from a site that explains the near infrared photoimmunotherapy trial mentioned in the first article.
While immunotherapy drugs and robotic surgery advances tend to dominate the new treatment spotlight there is much…
Couple of stories this week about life after diagnosis and treatment – even if successful it’s not all roses.
Lead story suggests…
The holiday season is fast approaching , as retailers and shopping malls are eager to point out, and it can be tempting to let stress build up at this time of year.…
It’s an unfortunate truth that the cancer battle doesn’t end after treatment - even successful treatment. The effects , physical and mental, will linger and dealing them is not always easy. Lead article this week gives a few possibly useful, tips on coping.
Wednesday Weekly is a round-up of head and neck cancer stories from Google Alert. They are collated and introduced by one of our members.
It is obvious cancer affects the famous, infamous and non-famous alike, but it can be a comfort to have a few of those `famous’…
Weds Weekly is a round-up of HNC stories from the web, contributed by a member. This week there is a story dear to my heart. Should we use mouthwashes with alcohol in them? (Ed.)
If you’re reading this chances are…
Cancer research, trials, treatments and discoveries are going on around the world and encouraging progress is being made in many areas. Lead story this week is about the contribution of a near neighbour. (Prof Frazer is pictured above.)
That’s followed by a less encouraging discussion about…
Knowledge is power – know your enemy – is generally good advice but it can also become overwhelming when trying to `know’ a subject as diverse, complicated and downright evasive as cancer. Being a qualified doctor or researcher with years of study behind you can help, but for…
Between relative newcomers like immunotherapy and robotic surgery along with the more traditional radiation, chemotherapy etc, it could be tempting to think cancer is on the run. It’s true the battle has heated up, but it will go on for a while yet and collateral damage…
There are a range of cancer treatments with mix and match combinations usually the approach of the day. Understanding how they work however is a challenge for the layman though the lead story this week offers a pretty good and accessible explanation for immunotherapy.
That’s followed by a few…
Getting over the physical side of cancer is, unfortunately, only part of the battle. There are going to be psychological effects with depression a…
The above picture comes from the Macmillan website. It doesn't relate directly to this post but might tease the mind to figure out some controllable causes of cancer.
Whether a patient, family member or friend, finding a perspective on cancer is always going to be…
A constant annoyance in reading through reports for this column is the tendency of so many writers to use terminology that can likely be interpreted only by a minority of experts. Coming from a profession that insisted any writing be understood by the average, literate 12-year-old, it’s an annoying…
Radiation and chemotherapy remain the first line of attack against head and neck cancer – unfortunately they don’t always work and surgery becomes a necessity. Even there though technology continues to provide major advances with robotic surgery looking good. The article below is a…
The costs of cancer drug research and consequent cost of treatment is fairly obvious and of course there are opportunities for someone to profit from the industry. Looking at it all from an investor point of view rather than a medical one can provide a whole new (though not necessarily…
After the worrying news that the `wonder drug’ Keytruda may not be living up to its reputation it’s always good to remember there are many new attack fronts opening up and new treatments being trialled in the cancer war. A couple of those new and promising developments are detailed…
The after effects of cancer treatment are many - and generally unpleasant. Keeping those effects to a minimum is often a major task with things like nutrition and mental health to consider. Just keeping fit and active can be a major challenge, but, as…
World Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Day has generally been rated a major success by organisers and observers alike; however, the news isn’t all great. Being aware is one thing and certainly helps in overcoming the disease, but straight medical treatment is the big gun and latest tests on…
The American enthusiasm for litigation is generally regarded with incredulity by most observers so the lawsuit mentioned below probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, even if the option of cancer with hair - or no cancer, but no hair - seems like a no brainer.
More pertinent is the U.K. statement on HPV…
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