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Coronavirus: Three month window to diagnose hundreds who may have cancer

Four hundred people could die from cancer if New Zealand does not act quickly to catch up on cancer diagnostics missed during the lockdown. The warning from the Cancer Society comes after a report by the newly formed Cancer Control Agency found there were 1031 fewer cancer registrations in April 2020 compared to April 2019, …

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Queen’s Birthday Honours: leading oncologist hails ‘inner strength’ of patients

Treating cancer patients never gets easy for one of the country’s leading oncologists, but he is always humbled by the strength and character shown by those battling the disease. Feilding’s Dr Garry Forgeson was given the highest accolade out of those in Manawatū featured on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, being made an Officer of …

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Coronavirus: New research shows how dangerous Covid-19 is for cancer patients

New research shows how dangerous the coronavirus is for current and former cancer patients. Those who developed Covid-19 were much more likely to die within a month than people without cancer who got it, two studies found. They are the largest reports on people with both diseases in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain …

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Stage at diagnosis for Māori cancer patients: disparities, similarities and data limitations.

Māori are more likely than non-Māori to get cancer, and once they have cancer they are less likely tosurvive it. One frequently proposed explanation for this survival disparity is differences betweenthese groups in terms of stage at diagnosis-whereby Māori may be less likely to be diagnosed at anearlier stage, when treatment is more feasible and …

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Trump and Biden both talk of curing cancer, but Americans need realism not false hope

But it is difficult to discuss a complex malady like cancer in the language traditionally reserved for other illnesses. No silver bullet is likely to exist, as cancer is not one disease but hundreds of distinct diseases with distinct causes, gene mutations and vulnerabilities. Progress on each form has thus varied, with some types more …

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Google AI model demonstrates impressive accuracy in the screening of breast cancer

Now, Google has announced that it has trained an AI model that improves the screening of breast cancer (detection before symptoms develop). After two years of collaboration with DeepMind, Cancer Research UK Imperial Centre, Northwestern University, and Royal Surrey County Hospital, the resultant AI model “spotted breast cancer in de-identified screening mammograms (where identifiable information …

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