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Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area

The NHS is under unprecedented pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care – whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements. For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. But what are the chances of being seen in time where you live? Use our interactive tracker to find out. Sorry, your browser is unable to display this content. Please upgrade to a more recent browser. Search for a ...

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Ex-Phils C Daulton dies at 55 after cancer battle

2:56 AM ET ESPN.com news services Former Philadelphia Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton has died at age 55, the team said Sunday. Daulton was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and went into remission in 2015. He was a key part of and leader on the 1993 Phillies team that surprised by winning the National League pennant and lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games in the World Series. “We played hard and did everything hard. It was fun, and that was what made us special,” Daulton once said ...

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The inside story of Taillon's return from cancer

8:00 AM ET This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s Body 2017 Issue. Subscribe today! SIX WEEKS IS all. Six weeks in Jameson Taillon’s life that somehow felt like both a flash of lightning and an eternity. Six weeks from feeling something foreign in his left testicle to cancer surgery to recovery. Six weeks of panic and isolation and fear and relief. Six weeks. Taillon is 25 years old, 6-foot-5, sturdy like something that grows from the ground, smart and composed, mature in a way that young men of his ...

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Single-Dose Radiation Found Effective for Prostate Cancer

Normally, when you hear iridium, you may think of the satellite constellation. But the uses of this exotic element are not limited to digital entertainment. Iridium also has isotopes that are useful in cancer treatment — and especially in prostate cancer treatment. The results of a two-year study from Europe have come in, concerning the use of iridium-192 in single-dose radiation therapy for prostate cancer. The treatment is called HDR (high dose rate) brachytherapy. And the outcomes are encouraging. Here’s how it works: HDR brachytherapy involves using ultrasound to guide ...

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Force Fields Become a Weapon in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

Scientists from the UK have figured out how to use a force field to separate cells, and it’s about to change prostate cancer research. It’s done with an “electric sieve” that began its life as a bit of aluminum foil with some epoxy smeared on it. This new, sci-fi approach is based on another research technique called “dielectrophoresis.” To date, the major use case for dielectrophoresis has been DNA sequencing. Sanger sequencing, the cornerstone of DNA sequencing for decades, depends on dielectrophoresis to organize mixed-up bits of DNA so we ...

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This Tiny Radioactive Implant is a Powerhouse for Treating Prostate Cancer

Nobody wants to hear they have cancer. And after a cancer diagnosis, good news can be thin on the ground. So it might be a pleasant change to hear that for the most common types of prostate and penile cancer, called adenocarcinomas, scientists have developed a tiny radiotherapeutic implant that can deliver targeted radiation to the affected area — and nowhere else. Prostate cancer is almost a relief in terms of cancer diagnoses, because it’s often a slow-moving thing. It can even remain asymptomatic, which is different indeed from the ...

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'Monumental U-turn' on cancer drug

A pioneering and life-extending drug repeatedly deemed too expensive will now be offered on the NHS in England. It is the result of a confidential deal between the health service and the drug company Roche. Kadcyla, the undiscounted cost of which had been £90,000 per patient, adds an average of six months of life to women with a form of terminal breast cancer. Campaigners have praised the “monumental” U-turn, which will benefit about 1,200 women a year. “Tough negotiation and flexibility between the NHS and Roche means both patients and ...

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Designer Virus Tells the Immune System How to Fight Cancer

A virus can cause illness and even death if you become infected with the wrong one. However, a virus has no malicious intentions; it’s simply a bundle of genetic code programmed to make copies of itself. Researchers have been exploring ways to hijack the functionality of a virus to deliver new beneficial genes to cells. A team from the University of Basel and the University of Geneva has used this approach to create a virus that puts the immune system into cancer-fighting overdrive. Most attempts to fight cancer with the ...

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Deep Learning, AI Could One Day Assist in Spotting Cancer

Deep learning and artificial intelligence are on their way to bringing about a sea change in how we use computers in medicine. Neural networks have the power to work toward solutions using approaches they devise on their own — and it gives them incredible problem-solving capabilities. You can’t exactly plug more RAM into a human brain (yet), but you can combine a supercomputer cluster with neural networks that do diagnostic image processing. This mighty partnership gives the ability to apply the collective wisdom and insight of doctors and scientists worldwide ...

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Cancer Drugs Fund 'huge waste of money'

The Cancer Drugs Fund in England was a “huge waste of money” and may have caused patients to suffer unnecessarily from the side effects of the drugs, according to UK researchers. The fund ran from 2010 to 2016, costing £1.27bn, following an election promise made by the Conservatives to pay for cancer drugs the NHS was not funding. The researchers found only one in five of the treatments was of benefit. But the Tories said the fund gave patients “precious extra time”. Nearly 100,000 patients received drugs under the scheme. ...

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