How to cut cost of cancer drugs in SA

2017-06-26 05:00

The high cost of cancer drugs in South Africa has come under the spotlight with an investigation by the Competition Commission in the country, writes Natalie Schellack.

Turning blood into a living drug: ‘My cancer just melted away’

2017-06-14 09:26

Immune therapy involves creating 'living drugs' that grow inside the body into an army that seeks and destroys tumours.

'Less toxic' drug can prolong survival for breast cancer patients

2017-06-06 07:41

In a study, a drug called Xeloda cut breast cancer patients' risk of relapse or death by 30% over five years.

Cancer touches the lives of everyone around you

2017-06-05 07:19

Linda Greeff was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 32. She shares how her role as an oncology social worker helped prepare her for her own journey.

Lung cancer diagnosis quadruples suicide risk

2017-05-24 14:08

It's important for family members, friends or caretakers to look for warning signs so that depression can be treated immediately.

Movies better than anaesthesia during kids' radiation therapy

2017-05-15 12:35

A study was set up to test if letting children watch a video of their choice would allow them to keep still enough so that they would not need to be given anaesthesia.

Bone marrow: be someone’s match

2017-05-12 13:41

A bone-marrow donation is not a scary procedure and doesn’t involve drilling into your bones. We found out more.

Johnson & Johnson loses another baby powder lawsuit

2017-05-05 18:52

A woman has been awarded a record-setting $110.5m in the latest lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused cancer.

DA wants Aspen anti-competitive actions probed

2017-04-20 18:58

The SA has asked the Competition Commission and the Medicines Control Council to investigate claims of anti-competitive behaviour by pharmaceutical firm Aspen.

Aspen shares drop over report of secret plan to destroy cancer drugs

2017-04-18 08:42

Aspen has responded to UK reports, which claim that it secretly planned to destroy cancer medicines as a threat to force countries in Europe to allow price hikes.


Testicular cancer survivor: 'My testicle doubled in size'

2017-06-23 14:24

Although testicular cancer is not classified as a common form of cancer, it can affect men at any stage of their lives. David Scott shares his story.

Collusion probe into cancer meds

2017-06-13 13:47

The Competition Commission announced it will investigate excessive pricing of cancer medication.

‘What cancer taught me’

2017-06-05 14:46

The diagnosis of cancer is not easy to digest. However, David Scott, a cancer survivor, learnt a lot from the experience.

Olivia Newton-John reveals she has cancer again and cancels tour

2017-05-31 10:34

Olivia Newton-John has postponed her tour in the US and Canada after she was diagnosed with breast cancer again, 25 years after her first battle with the disease.

HPV vaccine may also prevent cancers affecting men

2017-05-23 09:56

A study found that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine significantly cuts related head and neck cancers in men.

Dutch court rules boy, 12, can refuse chemo

2017-05-12 17:04

A Dutch court rules that a 12-year-old boy suffering from a brain tumour has a right to refuse chemotherapy, rejecting his father's plea to order him to have the treatment.

Jury awards record-setting sum in baby powder lawsuit

2017-05-08 14:38

A woman won a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that using the company's baby powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

Scientists find DNA link between early puberty and cancer

2017-04-26 14:50

A study found new genetic evidence linking earlier puberty to increased risk in later life for several cancers that are sensitive to sex hormones.

Childhood cancer rates jump 13% in one decade

2017-04-18 11:53

Cancer is a significant cause of death in children and adolescents, despite its relatively rare occurrence, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Fewer disabled adults screened for colon cancer

2017-04-06 14:13

Individuals with disabilities may not be routinely screened for colon cancer due to a lack of education, transport and other challenges.

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