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Tuesday, September 14, 1999 Published at 15:23 GMT 16:23 UK


Health

Cutting edge of cancer



More than 10,000 scientists are meeting in Vienna at the European Cancer Conference to discuss the latest research developments and how they will affect future treatment. BBC News Online's health team presents the highlights of the four-day meeting.


Breast cancer drug shows promise
Postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer may benefit from a drug that has produced highly promising results in clinical trials.

Patients 'prefer cancer care at home'
Cancer patients prefer treatment at home, and the practice may prove cheaper than a hospital stay, researchers have suggested.

Gene therapy threat to cancer nurses
Cancer nurses have been exposed to the powerful effects of anti-cancer drugs in the past - now new gene therapy techniques pose a similar risk, researchers have warned.

Complementary cancer care booms
More cancer patients turn to alternative medicine, even though there is little more than anecdotal evidence to support its use, specialists have heard.

Prostate therapy 'could save thousands'
A combination of therapies could help save the lives of thousands of people with prostate cancer.

Doctors clash over breast cancer drug
Doctors are at odds over the benefits of giving the drug tamoxifen to all women at risk of breast cancer.

High cancer risk for UK women
A leading cancer specialist says the death rate of women smokers in the UK from lung cancer is up to five times higher than in many other European countries.





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