Labor has committed to increase bulk billing for a number of Medicare items for cancer care.
Health has taken centre stage of the election campaign. Here's what you need to know to make sense of the claims (and counter claims) of the major parties so far.
Cancer survivors are honored at a Relay for Life Event in Twinsburg, Ohio, in June 2009. Researchers found that many survivors do not like that label.
A recent study found that many people who have survived a cancer diagnosis do not like to be called 'survivor.' As World Cancer Day is observed on Feb. 4, their wishes are something to think about.
A lot of people have spent a very long time wondering what causes cancer – and scientists still can’t say for certain why an individual person might have it.
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I have worked on this problem for many years, and to be honest it still blows my mind to really think about just how complex it is.
A blood test can reveal whether the level of a protein produced by prostate cells is elevated.
Prostate cancer is the second deadliest cancer among men, but not all types of the disease are as deadly as others. That has led to confusion over screening. An expert explains why new guidelines make sense.
Most doctors and nurses agree exercise is beneficial but don’t routinely prescribe exercise as part of their patients’ cancer treatment plan.
Photo credit: Exercise Oncology Team at Australian Catholic University
Historically the advice to cancer patients was to rest and avoid activity. We now know this advice may be harmful to patients, and that every person with cancer would benefit from exercise medicine.
The modern medical system is built on a one-on-one relationship between patient and physician.
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Cancer care is often impersonal, industrial and needlessly stressful. Allowing patients to witness personal introductions between their physicians would help ease their anxiety and build trust.
Older woman in hospital with man by her side. Via Shutterstock.
Just because a person is dying does not mean that he or she is in a state of panic. Here's an example of how one woman, through a well-lived life, remained at peace as she faced death.
Despite dozens of trials internationally, the evidence on medical cannabis is unconvincing.
NSW is about to embark on the largest and most definitive clinical trial ever of medicinal cannabis for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
The PBAC must make tough decisions about which cancer drugs to subsidise.
Most of us would agree that cancer drugs should be listed on the PBS, no matter how dear. But our health system can't afford all of them. How then are decisions about which drugs to subsidise made?