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October 20, 2014

Cancer care spend is 15th lowest in EU

Ireland’s spending on cancer care per citizen in 2009 was the 15th lowest in the EU, the first ever study to evaluate the economic cost of cancer across the 27 countries of the EU has revealed.

Family connections for thyroid cancer

People who have a first- through third-degree relative diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) have an increased risk of developing it themselves, according to a study by Gretchen M Oakley MD of the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, and colleagues, published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. To define the family […]

Research on halting glioma growth in mice

Working with mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that weeks of treatment with a repurposed FDA-approved drug halted the growth of — and ultimately left no detectable trace of — brain tumour cells taken from adult human patients.

Tracking the trends in Hodgkin’s lymphoma

The National Cancer Registry Ireland provides an overview of national incidence rates in Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Long-term survival advantage for colon cancer

Laparoscopic surgery in a dedicated, minimally-invasive unit with verifiable low conversion rates is feasible and in the researchers’ experience, is associated with a long term survival advantage for colon cancer, according to a study published in the Irish Medical Journal.

Long-term night shifts linked to a doubling of the breast cancer risk

Working night shifts for 30 or more years doubles the risk of developing breast cancer, and is not confined to nurses, as previous research has indicated, finds a study published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Diagnosing, treating and managing NETs

IMT and the National Cancer Registry Ireland outline the incidence and treatment of neuroendocrine tumours.

Clinical update on colorectal cancer

In his latest Clinical Update, Gary Culliton reviews emerging issues in the area of colorectal cancer, looking in particular at metastatic disease.

Smokers cost employers €4,500 extra each year

Employers have to pay around €4,500 or more a year to employ a member of staff who smokes compared to a non-smoking employee, claims research published online in the journal Tobacco Control.

Clinical update on ovarian cancer

Although patients can have an excellent response to first-line chemotherapy treatment, many of them unfortunately relapse. In his latest Clinical Update, Gary Culliton examines the types and timing of subsequent treatment.

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