A coroner said a North Wales health authority should review cases of patients who have been treated for moles at a GP surgery in Colwyn Bay.
The drug TMD1 could add around six months to some patients life expectancy, and it's hoped this will improve a patient's quality of life.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths is launching the Welsh Government’s ‘Cancer Delivery Plan’.
The cancer charity Tenovus today enlisted the help of one of Wales' most famous tenors to celebrate its 70th birthday.
Wynne Evans is now perhaps best known for those irritating television adverts - but today he was leading a singalong in Cardiff city centre to launch the charity's new fundraising campaign.
The cancer charity Tenovus is launching its 70th birthday fundraising campaign in Cardiff today.
The 'Big Singalong' will aim to get people involved through singing and music. Last year the 'Sing with Us' choir project was launched to help hundreds of people affected by cancer.
So far seven choirs have been set up with a further nine due to launch this year.
Tenor Wynne Evans, who lost his father to cancer last year, is the new patron and ambassador for the charity. He will be at the launch today.
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A cancer charity in Wales is urging those diagnosed with the disease to donate any cancerous tissues that are left over after tests.
Cancer Research Wales has announced funding for new studies into how specific strains of the disease react to treatments.
David Wood reports.
Further tests for patients who've been treated for moles at a GP surgery in North Wales are being called for by a coroner.
It comes after 51 year old Phillip Rafferty had a mole removal and later died of cancer.
Rob Shelley reports.
– Diane Lewis, Practice Manager at Rysseldene Surgery
We would like first and foremost to express our condolences to the family for their sad loss.
Our professional duty of confidentiality means we cannot comment on the case, however we await the full recommendations from the Coroner and will take the necessary steps to address these wherever possible.
– Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board
The inquest, of which we were unaware because GPs are independent contractors and no referral had been made to Health Board specialists of Mr. Rafferty, has only concluded this afternoon.
We have not yet received any notification from the Coroner's office and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment until the Health Board has received notification.
Once received we will examine the recommendations and take appropriate action.
With the number of cancer patients in Wales set to double from 120,000 to 240,000 by 2030, cancer charities say the issue of isolation must be tackled 'immediately'.
It comes as a report by Macmillan reveals almost one in five people diagnosed with cancer here each year lack support from their family and friends.
– Susan Morris, Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales
This research shows that isolation can have a truly shattering impact on people living with cancer. Patients are going hungry, missing medical appointments and even deciding to reject treatment altogether which could be putting their lives at risk - all because of a lack of support. But these figures are just the tip of the iceberg.
The charity Macmillan has launched a campaign to tackle isolation in cancer patients as a report reveals one in five lack support from their loved ones.
Macmillan's 'Facing the Fight Alone' report found one in eight (12%) of people living with cancer surveyed haven't had a single visit from friends or family in over six months.
The report also revealed that this lack of support for some cancer patients means:
- Over half (53%) of isolated patients have skipped meals or not eaten properly
- More than one in 10 (11%) have missed medical appointments
- One in six (18%) have been unable to pick up prescriptions for their medication