Teenager who was told she was pregnant actually had a giant tumour… and can now NEVER have childrenThe teenager insisted it would be impossible for her to be pregnantGP told her mother that it is common for young girls to hide pregnancies from their familiesShe underwent a hysterectomy and chemotherapy to beat cancer At 16-years-old a girl was told by her GP that she was six months pregnant, but a scan later revealed the growth was actually a huge ovarian tumour.
Elderly cancer victims “failed by NHS ageism” with patients written off as too frail for treatment Elderly cancer sufferers die in greater numbers than younger patients because of NHS ageism, official figures suggest. Only half of sufferers aged 75 and over will live more than a year, compared with the three quarters of those in middle age who can expect to do so. Campaigners warn that thousands of patients are written off by doctors who assume they will prove too frail for lifesaving treatment
Mothers turning to alcohol to cope with pressure of being “supermum” putting their children”s mental health at risk A new study says mothers are turning to the bottle, to cope with the pressure of being “supermums”, putting their children at risk of depression and anxiety. Alcohol misuse within families is an “escalating concern” according to Turning Point, which provides services for people with complex issues, including drug and alcohol misuse and mental health problems. The report, Bottling It Up: The Next Generation, has warned that 2.6 million children in the UK are living with a parent who drinks at hazardous levels.
Call to cut cancer bill with home treatment to stop “bankrupting” healthcare systems The rising cost of cancer treatment could ‘bankrupt’ healthcare systems, a leading expert warned last night.
Living with haemophilia: “It”s not a life sentence” says mother of three With her three young boys dashing about the garden playing football and bouncing on the trampoline, Tracy Woodward seems like any other busy mother, keeping a watchful eye as she cooks a family meal. But she is perhaps more attentive than others might be.
Organs row hospital ‘is no longer a national leader’ finds damning report after probe is prompted by two whistleblower doctors Concerns around clinical care at Liverpool”s Alder Hey hospital prompts government intervention Health chiefs emphasise that surgery is still classified as safe Europe”s largest children”s hospital has been slammed for a fall in standards after two whistleblowers prompted a formal investigation. Liverpool”s Alder Hey hospital is famed for providing “world-class” care but a new report states it can no longer be considered a national leader. The findings will be a blow to the institution which has spent years trying to regain public trust after it was embroiled in a major scandal in 1999, which publicised that hundreds of organs had been stockpiled without parental consent.
Modern chemotherapy drugs cut breast cancer deaths by 30 per cent1980s standard chemotherapy treatment reduced death rates by almost 25 per centProof better drugs and drug combinations are now available A study has found modern chemotherapy drugs cut breast cancer deaths by around 30 per cent Modern chemotherapy drugs cut breast cancer deaths by around 30 per cent a study has revealed. This compares with the 1980s when standard chemotherapy treatment reduced death rates by almost 25 per cent.
Childhood cancer costs “forcing parents into debt” Additional costs include unpaid leave from work, travel fares and care for siblings Two thirds of parents of children with cancer are being forced to borrow money to cover costs while their youngster has treatment, according to research. A survey for the charity CLIC Sargent found families struggle to meet the extra expense of accommodation, childcare, food and travel.