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A round up of news for cancer care professionals.
Quality leadership is needed to boost care, says think tank
King’s Fund report offers ideas for raising NHS standards.
Specialist calls for EU to standardise trials of new treatments
Campaigners are lobbying members of the European parliament to make clinical trial rules easier for researchers to develop and test new treatments and procedures.
Leader with the lamp helps mark nurses’ role in society
Cancer nurse David Wright had the honour of carrying a symbolic Florence Nightingale lamp as part of an event that recognises nurses’ contribution to society.
Survival rate to rise as number of cases diagnosed increases
In 2020 almost half the UK population will have cancer in their lifetime – however 38 per cent will not die from the disease, Macmillan Cancer Support has projected.
Prevention guidance targets malnutrition in older people
Healthcare professionals, including nurses, are being urged to adopt best practice ideas for preventing malnutrition among older people in hospital.
Opticians offered help in detecting children’s cancer
A protocol for opticians to ensure that they carry out the correct tests quickly and make referrals when a child has suspected eye cancer has been devised by a charity.
Practitioners urged to be proactive in discussing end of life preferences
Healthcare professionals need to have more open and honest conversations with terminally ill patients about how and where they wish to die, according to the Welsh Government.
Advice issued for clinicians addressing pain in older people
Guidance on the management of pain in older people, which is often under-recognised and under-treated, has been published.
Sleepwear range aims to help patients deal with night sweats
A cancer survivor has helped to design a range of sleepwear to alleviate nocturnal hyperhidrosis, a side effect of the disease and its treatment.
Nurses seek better training in Liverpool Care Pathway
More training in end of life care to ensure that the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is implemented properly has been demanded by nurses.