Diagnosis and treatment of cancer using genomics

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The field of cancer diagnostics is in constant flux as a result of the rapid discovery of new genes associated with cancer, improvements in laboratory techniques for identifying disease causing events, and novel analytic methods that enable the integration of many different types of data. These advances have helped in the identification of novel, informative biomarkers

Fresh pair of eyes may speed up cancer diagnosis

Researchers have found that symptoms of bowel cancer tended to be identified slightly more quickly when patients consulted an unknown doctor rather than their usual GP.

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The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, included data for 2000 to 2009 from the General Practice Research Database. The study included around 18 500 patients with breast, bowel, or lung cancer whose relevant cancer symptoms or signs were identified up to 12 months before the eventual diagnosis.

Dramatic variation in dementia diagnosis across UK

Extract from Age UKdementiamap

Figures released on 15 January by the Alzheimer’s Society reveal wide variations in how many people are receiving a diagnosis of dementia in the UK, with rates ranging from 31.6 per cent in East Riding of Yorkshire to 75.5 per cent in Belfast.

There has been a 3 per cent increase in the number of people in the UK that have been diagnosed with dementia raising the number of people who now have a formal diagnosis to 46 per cent. However, there are thought to be another 428,000 in the UK (54 per cent people) who are living with the condition but who are not diagnosed.

Results can be accessed via an opens link in new window interactive map which allows you to see the results for your area.

Early diagnosis of Dementia needed – GP survey results

Dementia diagnosis rates – GP survey

65 per cent of GPs say people with dementia don’t get diagnosed because they don’t visit their doctor
Published 3 May 2012

“Two thirds of GPs say many people with dementia are not being diagnosed because they are not making an appointment to see their doctor, an Alzheimer’s Society survey has revealed.

The survey of 382 GPs provides new insight into why diagnosis rates for dementia continue to be so low. Currently, just 43 per cent of people with the condition in the UK are diagnosed.” Extract from Alzheimer’s Society – click for full article