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National and international developments in cancer, health and policy. Produced in collaboration with the Press Association unless otherwise stated.

Giving prostate cancer drug earlier extends lives of men whose disease has spread

Offering abiraterone (Zytiga) up-front with standard hormone treatment extends survival in men whose prostate cancer has spread.

One dose of radiotherapy relieves spinal cord compression in advanced cancer patients

Giving a single dose of radiotherapy to patients with cancer that has spread relieves spinal cord compression.

Possible target for treating breast cancer that’s spread to brain found in mice

A molecule that could help tackle a certain type of breast cancer after it has spread to the brain has been identified in mice, according to a new study.

Possible link between platelets and cancer risk, though further work needed

A possible link between cancer and the levels of a component of blood, called platelets, should be investigated further, according to a new study.

Vaccine may reduce HPV infections that cause some oral cancers

Study finds that young adults in the US who hadn’t been vaccinated were around 14 times more likely to have oral HPV infections than those who were vaccinated.