Can cancer be caused by bad luck?

A recent study claims that “bad luck” may be responsible for two thirds of the total risk of cancer. Renowned oncologist Professor Luis Costa takes a closer look.

A research analysis by Professor Luís Costa We have all heard of these cases. The non-smoker who develops lung cancer. The daily hat and sunscreen wearer who gets skin cancer. We have also heard about people who unexpectedly find themselves facing a more uncommon cancer diagnosis, without any possible explanation based on family history or exposition to carcinogens. When speaking of these cases, we often say that such a person has “good” or “bad” genes. Yet a recent study from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in the United States, now claims that what we have attributed to genes might actually be a Read more

A phone call that can ease the pain

Musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries are a major burden for the UK. Telephone clinical support offers relief for patients, national health systems, employers and insurers.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders are the UK’s leading cause of physical disability[i], with over 9.6 million adults suffering from a musculoskeletal (MSK) disorder in England alone[ii]. MSK disorders can often cause disabilities that severely limit our daily activities, and they are a major cause of long-term workplace absenteeism. Indeed, a worldwide study found that up to 80% of people suffer from back pain in their lifetime, and 50% of the working population is afflicted by incapacitating back pain at least once a year[iii]. Mobile solutions for an immobile population The demand for face to face MSK consultations has grown and is further increased Read more

Interview with Professor Marc Wijnen

The month of February marks two very special days on calendars throughout the world: February 4th, World Cancer Day, and February 15th, the International Day of Childhood Cancer, when organisations, institutions, doctors and families around the world come together to raise awareness on behalf of those who are fighting this disease every single day.

In honour of these very important occasions, Best Doctors is pleased to feature an exclusive interview with Professor Marc Wijnen, Director of Surgery at the recently inaugurated Prinses Máxima Centre for Paediatric Oncology in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

As the leader of the surgical team for this new centre of excellence, Dr Wijnen comes to Princes Máxima with extensive experience in general and paediatric surgery. He himself specialises in the surgical treatment of solid tumours of the abdomen and chest.

In what ways is cancer in children different from adults? In general childhood cancers advance rapidly and are often treated with chemotherapy before operation. Chemotherapy is often very effective and local control after chemo is achieved by surgery, radiation, or both. If we divide cancer into those affecting bodily fluids (blood, bone marrow) and solid tumours, which are the types most commonly seen in children? Roughly 50% of all cases are so-called fluid type cancers such as leukaemia and lymphomas. About 20% are brain tumours and 30% are solid tumours (such as those originating in the kidney, liver, nerve tissue, soft tissues of Read more