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High-tech scans spare lymphoma patients intensive chemo

Hodgkin lymphoma patients can be spared the serious side effects of chemotherapy thanks to high-tech scans that can predict the outcome of treatment.

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Test could spare breast cancer patients unnecessary chemotherapy

A gene test may improve the way doctors treating women with early-stage breast cancer identify those who can safely avoid post-surgery chemotherapy.

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Heart disease risk after breast cancer radiotherapy smaller than previously thought

Researchers have for the first time calculated by how much radiotherapy for breast cancer increases the risk of heart disease and the findings can now be used by doctors to help treat patients more appropriately.

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Treatment reduces dangerous side effects of cancer treatment in children

Children given a hormone growth factor alongside chemotherapy for the aggressive cancer neuroblastoma are less likely to suffer a potentially deadly side-effect, according to a major international study published today (Tuesday) in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Lower overall dosage of radiotherapy in fewer larger doses as safe for breast cancer patients

The chronic side-effects of radiotherapy for early breast cancer, as reported by women themselves, are not any worse when treatment is given in a lower overall dose in fewer but larger treatments according to a trial part funded by Cancer Research UK and published today in the Lancet Oncology.

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Confusing leaflets put patients off medication

Patients could stop taking their medicine if the risks of possible side effects are not clearly explained – says a study published in the British Journal of Health Pyschology.

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Sound waves treat prostate cancer with fewer side effects

An Experimental cancer therapy for prostate cancer may be able to treat men without surgery and offer fewer side effects according to the results of a UK study published in the British Journal of Cancer* today (Wednesday).

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Side effects predict succes of breast cancer treatment

Hot flushes, night sweats and painful joints can be a blessing in disguise for breast cancer patients – according to a new report published online today in Lancet Oncology.

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Early results show promise in reducing side effects from anastrozole

A common osteoporosis drug can shield women against the loss of bone mineral density – a side effect of the drug anastrozole which is taken to prevent breast cancer in the IBIS-2 study – according to new data presented today at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

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Chemo instead of radiotherapy cuts long-term side effects for children with brain tumours

Using chemotherapy to delay or avoid radiotherapy in children under three with a type of brain tumour called ependymoma reduces the risk of potentially damaging long term side effects, reveal trial results published online in the Lancet Oncology.

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