Young adults and teenagers being treated for cancer are to be offered free access to a pioneering scalp cooling treatment at Weston Park Hospital that can reduce hair loss during chemotherapy. Those aged between 13 and 24 will be able to access the treatment as a result of an initiative launched by the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust and Huddersfield-based health technology specialists Paxman. Sheffield Live reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Claire Paxman, ambassador to the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust.
The Royal Hallamshire Hospital is supporting a new initiative for parents to have their baby’s stem cells from umbilical cord blood stored for their own private use in the future. It’s the second health trust in the north to offer the service to its patients following success with the technique in Leeds. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Shamshad Ahmed, founder and chief executive officer of Smart Cells, the company behind the initiative.
Scientists at the University of Sheffield have found that an arthritis drug could be effective in the treatment of blood cancer patients. Polycythemia vera is a type of blood cancer which affects 3,000 people a year. Current treatments dont slow progression of the disease and provide little relief from symptoms.The University of Sheffield research group found that a commonly used to treatment for arthiritis, Methotrixate, could also slow the blood cancer disease by directly inhibiting the molecular pathway responsible. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Martin Zeidler, of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Biomedical Science.
South Yorkshire Eating Disorder Association has seen an increase in its case load as more people with eating disorders seek support. People with eating disorders can only access NHS statutory treatment once their illness has become severe and at times life-threatening. Research has shown that the earlier a person receives treatment, the quicker they are likely to recover. The Sheffield-based charity is seeking to recruit additional volunteers to assist in providing help during the early stages of onset of eating disorder. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Findings emerging from the Yorkshire Health Study show, on average, adults in Yorkshire are using two or three prescribed medications per day. The study, led by researchers at Sheffield University, employs a questionnaire survey to provide insight into the health of the people of Yorkshire and to improve services for those most in need. Since 2010 almost 30,000 adults have filled in the health questionnaire as part of the region-wide research. A further 800 people have also assisted through interviews or testing of new health treatments or services. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to project leader Dr Clare Relton.
Macmillan Cancer Support are urging people to get active after cancer treatment, with benefits including improved health, reduced isolation and fewer side effects. According to the charity, which has been holding mobile information sessions in Sheffield city centre, being active can improve strength, aerobic fitness and flexibility, all of which can aid recovery. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to cancer information specialist Caroline Kipling.
Scientists and clinicians in Sheffield are set to receive close to £1 million from Cancer Research UK and the National Institute for Health Research. The funding is to support ground-breaking work at the city’s Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre over a five year period. The Centre is a collaboration between scientists at the University of Sheffield and the clinical trials unit at Weston Park Cancer Hospital, part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Around 100 doctors, nurses and scientists in the city are devoting their energies to developing innovative and more effective cancer treatments. Baillor Jalloh spoke to Professor Sarah Danson of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre.
Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging patients with minor illnesses to make more use of community pharmacists as part of a week long self care campaign. Sheffield CCG are advising patients to seek out the expert advice and treatment on offer at their local pharmacy for common illnesses such as aches and pains, colds and flu, itchy skin conditions and simple eye infections. Many local pharmacists are now offering private consultation areas and no appointment is needed. Sheffield Live! report Baillor Jalloh spoke to Sheffield GP, David St John Livesey.
Rotherham Hospice this week they were celebrating Hospice Care Week. It’s timed to coincide with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day which is Saturday the 10th and this year, the theme is ‘connecting care’. Chief Executive Christopher Duff spoke to Sheffield Live about the event and the work they do at the hospice.