Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Early diagnosis vital in oesophageal cancer detection

23.04.2008
People with oesophageal cancer are often enduring serious symptoms for over a year before seeking help according to a report launched by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry at Queen’s.

The report, entitled Monitoring Care of Patients with Upper Gastrointestinal cancers: 2005, compares care for patients diagnosed with cancers of the oesophagus and stomach in 1996, 2001 and 2005.

It provides insights into changes which took place as a result of the Campbell Report which was published in 1996 and recommended major improvements to cancer services in Northern Ireland.

Each year around 200 people in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. It’s twice as common in men as women, is seen more often in deprived groups of the population and survival rates are generally poor. The most common symptom is having difficulty swallowing, one that 80% of patients reported to their GP.

But the good news in the report is a 10% increase in observed survival rates for oesophageal cancer patients one year after surgery. 69% of patients operated on in 1996 were alive a year after their operation while those who underwent surgery in 2005 had 79% survival rates one year later.

Dr Anna Gavin, Director of the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry said: “The research we have undertaken has shown improved survival for those oesophageal cancer patients who were selected for surgery. This reflects enhanced use of sophisticated diagnostic facilities which have allowed clinicians working in expert teams to select those patients who are most likely to benefit from surgery.

“There was evidence of improved communication between professionals and with patients and increased use of dietetic support for patients which would improve their quality of life. Oesophageal cancer is a serious disease with the risk factors including smoking and alcohol. Most patients had difficulty swallowing. Anyone experiencing difficulty swallowing should contact their own doctor and have their condition assessed, as early diagnosis of any cancer improves the survival.”

Lisa Mitchell | alfa
Further information:
http:// www.qub.ac.uk/nicr

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht Malaria Already Endemic in the Mediterranean by the Roman Period
27.07.2017 | Universität Zürich

nachricht Serious children’s infections also spreading in Switzerland
26.07.2017 | Universitätsspital Bern

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Physicists Design Ultrafocused Pulses

Physicists working with researcher Oriol Romero-Isart devised a new simple scheme to theoretically generate arbitrarily short and focused electromagnetic fields. This new tool could be used for precise sensing and in microscopy.

Microwaves, heat radiation, light and X-radiation are examples for electromagnetic waves. Many applications require to focus the electromagnetic fields to...

Im Focus: Carbon Nanotubes Turn Electrical Current into Light-emitting Quasi-particles

Strong light-matter coupling in these semiconducting tubes may hold the key to electrically pumped lasers

Light-matter quasi-particles can be generated electrically in semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Material scientists and physicists from Heidelberg University...

Im Focus: Flexible proximity sensor creates smart surfaces

Fraunhofer IPA has developed a proximity sensor made from silicone and carbon nanotubes (CNT) which detects objects and determines their position. The materials and printing process used mean that the sensor is extremely flexible, economical and can be used for large surfaces. Industry and research partners can use and further develop this innovation straight away.

At first glance, the proximity sensor appears to be nothing special: a thin, elastic layer of silicone onto which black square surfaces are printed, but these...

Im Focus: 3-D scanning with water

3-D shape acquisition using water displacement as the shape sensor for the reconstruction of complex objects

A global team of computer scientists and engineers have developed an innovative technique that more completely reconstructs challenging 3D objects. An ancient...

Im Focus: Manipulating Electron Spins Without Loss of Information

Physicists have developed a new technique that uses electrical voltages to control the electron spin on a chip. The newly-developed method provides protection from spin decay, meaning that the contained information can be maintained and transmitted over comparatively large distances, as has been demonstrated by a team from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute. The results have been published in Physical Review X.

For several years, researchers have been trying to use the spin of an electron to store and transmit information. The spin of each electron is always coupled...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Clash of Realities 2017: Registration now open. International Conference at TH Köln

26.07.2017 | Event News

Closing the Sustainability Circle: Protection of Food with Biobased Materials

21.07.2017 | Event News

»We are bringing Additive Manufacturing to SMEs«

19.07.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Programming cells with computer-like logic

27.07.2017 | Life Sciences

Identified the component that allows a lethal bacteria to spread resistance to antibiotics

27.07.2017 | Life Sciences

Malaria Already Endemic in the Mediterranean by the Roman Period

27.07.2017 | Health and Medicine

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>