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How reliable is the CA125?

How reliable is the CA125?

While the CA125 blood test is useful for diagnosing and monitoring people with ovarian cancer, 25% of ​patients with ovarian cancers will have a normal CA125 level. Therefore, the CA125 test alone is not an accurate diagnostic tool ​and primary care professionals...

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Are bone metastases visible on an X-ray?

Are bone metastases visible on an X-ray?

The most common site of secondary breast cancer is the bone. While breast cancer can metastasise to any bone, the most commonly affected areas are the: spine ribs skull pelvis upper bones of the arms and legs. Bone metastases may be picked up on a plain film X-ray,...

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5 tips to treat infection and lymphoedema

5 tips to treat infection and lymphoedema

Lymphoedema may affect one or more limbs and corresponding quadrants of the trunk, face, breast and genitals. GatewayC’s Managing Physical Effects course provides guidance on how to treat infection and lymphoedema. This includes guidance on: Dosage of oral amoxicillin...

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Cancer Keys: Oesophageal cancer and dysphagia

Cancer Keys: Oesophageal cancer and dysphagia

Potential pitfall: Dysphagia is the most common presenting symptom of oesophageal cancer. It should be considered alongside a number of other symptoms when contemplating an upper gastrointestinal cancer referral. Helpful hint: NICE NG12 guidelines recommend offering...

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Cancer Keys: Brain Tumours and Headaches

Cancer Keys: Brain Tumours and Headaches

Whilst many people may associate brain tumours with headaches, often affected patients do not present with a headache until a later stage, if at all. Potential pitfall: Only up to 16% of brain tumour patients present to their GP with an isolated headache*; some...

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