Category Archive: Media Reports

Latest study finds radical surgery to remove lymph nodes not always necessary

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I’ve always had a problem with the fact that I had axillary clearance of my lymph nodes when I now believe a sentinel lymph node biopsy would have been the better option (as it… Continue reading

What lies behind the headlines?

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There are two words which appear regularly on the search engine terms on this blog – “information overload”. Google directs searchers to the post can you have too much information which explores the question of how… Continue reading

Culture by prescription

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An interesting article in this week’s Irish Times Health, reports that  Swedish doctors will soon be able to prescribe singing lessons, pottery classes or art appreciation as part of a new public healthcare initiative. Sweeden… Continue reading

Early detection is key to survival

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I am living proof of the need for early detection of breast cancer. I presented to my GP with a lump, which I discovered myself in May 2004. My GP dismissed the lump as… Continue reading

Waiting for breast cancer biopsy results causes distress

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The stress of waiting for a breast biopsy result may cause adverse health effects in women, the results of a new study indicate. “When women express how taxing it is to have to… Continue reading

Jade Goody battle signals U-turn on cervical cancer screening for under 25s

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As I have already stated in previous posts, while I am uncomfortable with certain aspects of the Jade Goody media coverage, I am nevertheless happy that it has raised awareness of cervical cancer,… Continue reading

Herbal remedies

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I have written before that I believe that herbal remedies may have a role to play in maintaining health after cancer treatment. I have found it very effective in treating certain medical conditions I… Continue reading

Women with breast cancer gene choosing preventive mastectomy

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Women who know they carry a gene that puts them at higher risk of breast cancer tend to opt for preventive mastectomy, a new study concludes. Several type of risk management strategies are… Continue reading

Stem cells may repair breast cancer damage

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From today’s Observer Newspaper A remarkable reconstruction technique is being trialled by British surgeons, who are harvesting stem-cell-enriched fat from women’s bodies to plug the dip often left by breast cancer operations. The… Continue reading

Can cancer be cured?

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From the CNN website: President Obama’s pledge to conquer cancer “in our time” is a great goal, but some cancer specialists say that rather than finding a cure, a more realistic scenario is… Continue reading