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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 those less academically inclined today’s lead is a layman’s look at…

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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 is often extensive. However, as the stories below indicate, progress is being…

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2147475?profile=RESIZE_480x480There 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 words of caution and a British celebrity success story.…

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2147383?profile=RESIZE_480x480A 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 habit.

However the news, once deciphered, is…

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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 beginner’s introduction to the technique, followed by a bit of HPV caused cancers…

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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 comforting) perspective.

Meanwhile:

#Out of the…

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2147333?profile=RESIZE_320x320After 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 below.

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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 one of the biggest calibre guns - the immunotherapy drug Keytruda -are not…

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2147303?profile=RESIZE_480x480The 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 vaccinations and to finish off a few words on fibre.…

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Claims for `natural’ treatments are usually best taken with a healthy dose of scepticism – though some, like the aloe vera mentioned below, are almost self evident. Suggesting education reduces tobacco use and thus cancer levels seems more like a variation on a regular theme, while possible advances in using radiotherapy sounds all good news.…

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It often surprises just how many people get a head and neck cancer. I recently discovered a singer/song writer favourite, John Prine, had a cancer back in the 90s and Val Kilmer recently confirmed that he actually did have a cancer this year (after first denying it.) Both survived and are apparently going strong - something the stories below suggest are becoming more of the norm. However, as always, a little skepticism never hurts.…

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In lieu of the regular Weekly Wednesday whose writer is otherwise occupied at the moment, I want to introduce you to our World Head and Neck Cancer Day build up. From now on we will have a series of articles relating to many different aspects of the disease: the path to diagnosis, being a caregiver, HPV, laryngectomy issues and many more. 

What is WHNCD? 

World Head and Neck Cancer Day on July 27 each year was established in 1987 as a way to bring…

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Weekly Wednesday, June 14

It’s hard to make sense of all the cancer research out there: a phantasmagoria of hopeful reports full of scientific jargon. Some themes come through: how scientists might be able to tackle cancer at its very heart inside our genes and the way our immune system can be switched on to recognise cancer cells and attack them. And then there are the superfoods that might contain cancer-fighting properties. The latest: the red onion.

 (Note: The usual…

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The disfiguring effects of treatment are well known to many patients who have been through it - scarring, missing teeth, muscle wastage and more. The story below however does suggest some help with one of the common effects - lymphedema - could be on the way.

Meanwhile consider:
The Prince from Cinderella must have had a serious foot fetish to not remember any other discernible characteristic about her or maybe the only difference between passion and…

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If there is any overall message to take from trawling through the libraries of news stories about head and neck cancer it is that a lot of people in a lot of countries are working on the most effective forms of treatment. That can range from drug treatment to robotic surgery and more, supporting the patient during and following treatment is another issue and one that groups like this network are constantly advocating for.

Meanwhile consider; Everything in the universe is either a…

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