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Prostate cancer laser treatment ‘truly transformative’

Surgeons have described a new treatment for early stage prostate cancer as “truly transformative”. The approach, tested across Europe, uses lasers and a drug made from deep sea bacteria to eliminate tumours, but without causing severe side effects. Trials on 413 men – published in The Lancet Oncology – showed nearly half of them had no remaining trace of cancer. Read more

Struggling with incontinence? Experts reveal what you should and shouldn’t eat to help you manage the condition

Whenever you laugh, do you feel a desperate need to cross your legs? It’s an embarrassing problem that stops some people from leaving the house or having a relationship. Yet millions suffer urinary incontinence in silence as they are too embarrassed to see their doctor about their symptoms. Almost 50 per cent of women aged 45 to 60 are believed to have incontinence and Nadia Sawalha has recently announced that she too is a sufferer. But don’t worry, it can be managed. Here, a range of leading nutritionists reveal exactly how dietary changes can help you to manage the condition. Read more

Prostate cancer aggression ‘linked to waist size’

Men with larger waistlines could be at higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer, a study has suggested. Research on 140,000 men from eight European countries found that a 4in (10cm) larger waist circumference could increase the chances of getting the cancer by 13%. Men were most at risk when their waist was bigger than 37in (94cm), the University of Oxford study found. Read more

Saskatchewan’s cyclotron produces first radioisotopes for research, soon to start supplying for patients

SASKATOON –The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan has passed two major milestones as it prepares to enter full operations: clearance from Health Canada to begin supplying radioisotopes to Royal University Hospital and the first use of radioisotopes produced by the cyclotron in research. “These are tremendous achievements, for the Fedoruk Centre and our cyclotron team, for everyone who has been involved in the cyclotron project at the University of Saskatchewan and our partners in government,” said Neil Alexander, Executive Director of the Fedoruk Centre which manages the cyclotron. “Most importantly these achievements signal the beginning of the operational life of Saskatchewan’s cyclotron, providing radioisotopes for use by researchers and soon for use by physicians to diagnose Saskatchewan patients.” Read more

Are we on the brink of a UNIVERSAL cancer cure? Cutting off key supply routes to starve diseased cells of nutrients ‘eradicates tumors’

The key to beating cancer could lie in the ability to cut off vital nutritional supply lines that fuel the disease and allow it to grow, experts have revealed. They have identified a key supply route that diseased cells manipulate, to obtain nutrients. The discovery could herald new treatments that act to stop the growth of tumours, researchers said. To arrive at their findings, a team from The Australian National University, blocked gateways through which the cancer cell was obtaining the amino acid glutamine. Read more