Related Articles Aida Camp: Where Palestinians remain refugees for the 7th decade 3 hours ago Report: Israeli army claims “killing of a Palestinian” resulted from a fight 1 day ago PNN/ Gaza/After being diagnosed with cancer, patients in Gaza often face months-long waits before being able to receive treatment. Getting a permit to access the health care needed outside can be a stressful and unpredictable process, and many apply multiple times before being able to exit. Even then, some patients are never able to secure the permits they need to access care.The ability of Gaza’s hospitals to provide adequate diagnosis and treatment to cancer patients is severely limited due to chronic shortages of medicines and lack of medical equipment. Nuclear medicine scanning needed for staging cancers, radiotherapy equipment and some specialized surgeries are unavailable. More than half of essential chemotherapy drugs were at less than a month’s … [Read more...] about Gaza patients’ painful journey to cancer treatment
Final stage cancer treatment
The Southern District Health Board wants to talk to a Southland man about his cancer treatment, saying it is concerned about his experiences. Blair Vining's case dominated the start of a two-day international cancer conference which started in Wellington yesterday. The 38-year-old said he was told he had to wait eight weeks for an urgent appointment with an oncologist after his terminal bowel cancer diagnosis. Mr Vining managed to book an appointment within a week with Dunedin oncologist Chris Jackson, the medical director of Cancer Society New Zealand. His chemotherapy gave him a further three months to live. SDHB chief medical officer Nigel Millar said the board was concerned to hear Mr Vining's story. "We will be contacting Mr Vining hoping that he will wish to discuss this with us so that we can understand it in detail and respond to him fully," Dr Millar said. "We are committed to reaching the target of treating patients with cancer within the expected times. "It was fortunate … [Read more...] about Cancer treatment times questioned
Meredith Newman Delaware News Journal Published 12:03 PM EDT Oct 10, 2018 Maggie Abercrombie thought the first question she asked her oncologist was an obvious one. "What about babies?" At 30, she had just been diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in 2010. She and her now-husband Mike Henderson "weren't trying but also not preventing" a pregnancy at the time. She saw herself as the mom of three kids one day. Abercrombie still recalls the doctor's cold reply: “Why are you worried about kids? You have cancer.” For some young women with breast cancer, the status and future of their fertility is at the forefront when determining their cancer treatment. It can be a complicated (and expensive) process, one that is often dependent on timing — and in Abercrombie's case, potential risks. Christiana Care cancer patients find respite in virtual reality during chemotherapy "I was absolutely determined I was going to do everything … [Read more...] about Delaware woman refuses suggestion to not have children during cancer treatment.
A gangrene-causing bacteria which can be harmful at high doses may help treat late stage cancer patients where other options have failed, medical trials have shown. Safety tests on a new type of “bacterial therapy” found that tumours which have become resistant to other treatments became necrotic and shrank when injected with bacterial spores. University of Texas doctors used a strain of bacteria related to the lethal hospital superbug clostridium difficile, which has been modified to make it less harmful to humans. Clostridium novyi-NT needs a very low oxygen environment to survive; this means it won’t develop in healthy tissue with a good blood supply, but dense, rapidly growing tumours are a perfect host. “By exploiting the inherent differences between healthy and cancerous tissue, Clostridium novyi-NT represents a very precise anti-cancer therapeutic that can specifically attack a patient’s cancer,” said Dr … [Read more...] about Injecting tumours with gangrene-causing bacteria could help fight late-stage cancers, study reveals
LazyTown star Stefan Karl Stefansson is in the final stages of cancer, his wife has said.The actor played villain Robbie Rotten in the CBeebies show."Stefan has bile-duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), a rare and little-researched disease," his wife Steinunn Olina wrote on Facebook."The disease is now advanced to stage four, and therefore, his life expectancy is unfortunately significantly reduced." https://twitter.com/gfrancagm/status/879846213780213761 Friends and fans have raised more than $140,000 (£110,000) to help support his treatment and care."Despite the best efforts of his excellent Icelandic medical team, and Stefan's personal heroism, there is no apparent cure," organiser Mark Valeti wrote on the fundraising page."There are always experimental processes, and they will be woven into the fabric of Stefan's care if at all possible.""Love and humility are unusual and so helpful through it all. I'm moved and very grateful," Steffan wrote in Icelandic on his Facebook page.He … [Read more...] about LazyTown actor Stefan Karl Stefansson in final stages of cancer