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Swallowable pill cameras to be used to spot bowel cancer tumours

Swallowable pill cameras to be used to spot bowel cancer tumours

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Tiny cameras that are small enough to be swallowed and can film tumours in the gut are being trialled in the fight against cancer.Called PillCams, they are encased in a capsule to make them easier to ingest, and it is hoped they can replace more invasive methods of screening. Around 11,000 patients across England will take part in the initial trial in more than 40 areas of the country.Professor Peter Johnson, the NHS clinical director for cancer, hopes the new technology will save lives. Image: Medics hope the new technology can save lives "Every year in England, we diagnose around 42,000 people with bowel cancer, that's more than 100 people a day," said Prof Johnson. ...
Mini tumours grown in chemotherapy breakthrough

Mini tumours grown in chemotherapy breakthrough

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Scientists have successfully grown mini versions of patients' tumours in a lab - and then tested them against dozens of drugs to find the best possible treatment.The technique could mean patients get effective chemotherapy sooner - and are spared unnecessary side effects from drugs that do not work.Scientists have hailed the uniquely personalised treatment as "extremely promising".Doctors currently treat patients with an element of guesswork, only knowing for sure whether a drug is working when they return for a CT scan several months into treatment.But scientists at the Institute of Cancer in London were able to screen lab-grown replicas of patients' tumours against a range of drugs in just two weeks.Image:It is hoped the research will allow doctors to decide the best treatment for each p...