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Private Surrey hospital 'reviewing' care of cancer patients

A private hospital in Surrey says it is "reviewing the notes" of any cancer patients treated by a former consultant urologist after he was dismissed.

Spire Gatwick Park Hospital suspended Paul Miller in December last year. This was only one of the hospitals where he worked.

Concerns for 1,200 Sussex and Surrey cancer patients

1,200 cancer patients have been assessed over fears they may have been mistreated by a former consultant urologist, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has said.

All of the bladder and prostrate cancer patients were seen by consultant urologist Paul Miller between 2006 and 2012.

A review of their care by the Royal College of Surgeons found that 27 of the patients "came to harm" as a result of the treatment they received.

A small number of others received care that "fell below the standards we would expect" but were not harmed as a consequence, a statement said.

Mr Miller was dismissed from the Trust and has been banned from treating cancer patients pending an investigation by the General Medical Council.

  • Concerned East Surrey Hospital patients can call a helpline on 0808 168 7754 Monday to Friday, between 11am and 7pm.

Action needed to give cancer patients a fighting chance

For cancer survivor Greig Trout, beating the disease twice has been an inspiration.

He is now trying to inspire other sufferers with his video diary chronicling the '101 things to do when you survive'.

Unfortunately for many other patients, cancer is not caught early enough and 160,000 people still die from the disease each year in the UK.

Experts say better diagnosis rates have the potential to save thousands of lives, as well as saving money on expensive treatment for late-stage cancers.

ITV News reporter Sascha Williams reports.

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GP check 'vital' if people 'notice anything unusual'

It is "vital" people check with their GPs as soon as something unusual happens to their bodies if they want the best chance to beat cancer, according to a healthy charity.

Sara Hiom, director of early diagnosis at Cancer Research UK explained:

Diagnosing cancer at its earliest stages is crucial to give patients the best chance of survival.

There are a number of reasons why cancer may be diagnosed at an advanced stage.

For some cancers, such as pancreatic, symptoms are often only noticeable once the tumour has already started to spread. But for many others there are chances for the cancer to be picked up earlier.

It's vital that people are aware of their body and if they notice anything unusual for them they should visit their GP. And GPs play a critical role of course, knowing when symptoms need to be investigated and referring patients promptly for tests.

– Sara Hiom

Cancers diagnosed early would 'save NHS £44m'

If four of the most common cancers - colon, rectal, lung and ovarian - were diagnosed early, it could save the NHS £44 million in treatment costs ever year, a report has found.

According to Cancer Research UK's report, Incisive Health:

  • Early diagnosis in those cancers would benefit at least 11,000 patients.
  • Diagnosis figures for seven cancers in England - breast, colorectal (bowel), lung, melanoma (skin), Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, ovarian and prostate - showed that 46% were detected at a late stage in 2012.
  • Breast cancer had the best diagnosis rate - 83% of cases of were identified early, highlighting the benefits of national screening.

Report: Almost half of cancers 'caught too late'

Almost half of cancers diagnosed in England are discovered late, knocking back the chances of successful treatment, according to a report.

Testing for cancer has evolved past a standard biopsy - these blood tests were used to screen men for prostate cancer. Credit: PA

Some 52,000 cancer patients could improve their chances of survival if they were diagnosed early - and save the NHS £210 million, the report from Cancer Research UK claims.

Experts believe if all cancer patients had tumours detected earlier an extra 5,000 people would survive five years or more after their initial diagnosis.

Lung cancer had the worst record of delayed diagnosis, with 77% of cases being spotted late.

Early-stage tumours can often be removed by surgery, but once a cancer has started to spread around the body it becomes much more difficult and costly to treat.

Study finds wild berry effective in cancer treatment

Scientists believe a wild berry native to North America may strengthen the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer.

Researchers at King's College Hospital and the University of Southampton found that adding extracts of the berry to chemotherapy cycles may improve the effectiveness of conventional drugs.

The team tested the effectiveness of chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) in killing off cancer cells.

Chokeberry is a wild berry that grows on the eastern side of North America and is high in vitamins and antioxidants.

The research was published online in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.

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