Brinkmann Gynaecology

News digest: HRT & ovarian cancer, freezing ovaries and more

This has been a busy week of news in women's health.  Here is a curated look at what is new:

A UK study found that hormone replacement therapy might be safe for women who’ve already had ovarian cancer, but larger studies are needed to confirm the results. The Mirror has more details.

Freezing ovaries is a 'safe option' for cancer sufferers.  Read the BBC's take on this here.

Survival data presented this week to the European Cancer Congress showed that age discrimination is “alive and well” in Britain when it comes to breast cancer and it’s affecting our survival rates. The Telegraph has more on this.

An analysis of data from 10 million patients across Europe found that, between 1995 up to 2007, cancer survival figures improved across the continent. Here’s our news report, and the Telegraph’s take.

European scientists found that a range of chemotherapy drugs and other treatments didn’t harm unborn babies when given to pregnant women. But the variety of treatments used mean that it’s difficult to draw firm conclusions, as this Mail Online article points out.

Ensuring people worldwide aren’t missing out on radiotherapy and surgery could prevent millions of premature deaths from potentially treatable cancers. Our news report has the details.

Swedish researchers offered more evidence showing that taller people may be slightly more likely to develop cancer. The BBC had our pick of the coverage, but the study didn’t take into account many factors that affect our risk of developing the disease – such as smoking.

A new report found that GPs are ill-prepared to cope with the growing demand for cancer care. Read our news report for the details.

An investigation by Pulse Magazine found that some GPs were being offered money to reduce the number of patients being sent through the urgent referral system. The BBC and Guardian, among others, covered this.

The Teenage Cancer Trust found that almost a third of young cancer patients are diagnosed via A&E, according to reports in the Independent and Mail Online.

Thanks to Cancer Research UK and other organisations mentioned for this information.