What is a receptor? What has it got to do with cancer?

We are developing a lot of new treatments for cancer. These newer treatments tend to be more specific (that means they only affect a small part of the body) and have fewer side effects. The downside is that they are also very expensive.

Many of these new treatments “target” (aim for or work on) [...]


Diet and Cancer – What do you think?

Diet and cancer – What do you think?  This is a complicated topic and not one that can be answered in a short blog post. I am a conventional scientist (i.e. I trained at traditional universities, in the UK, in Biochemistry and Biology) and this post is my own personal view.

Some doctors (and [...]


Fundraising – Macmillan Coffee Morning in Huntly

The local fundraising committee for the cancer support charity, Macmillan, will be hosting a coffee morning, in the Stewarts Hall, Huntly on Saturday the 29th of November 2014.  It runs from 10am until 12pm.

So, if you are in the Huntly area and would like to support Macmillan, why not pop along?  There will [...]


What causes lung cancer in people who don’t smoke?

I have previously written about lung cancer in men and in women. When you look at the statistics it is clear that 90 % of lung cancer cases in men and over 80 % of lung cancer cases in women are linked to smoking. But that still leaves an awful lot of people who [...]


Living with Breast Cancer – Aberdeen Course

The breast cancer charity “Breast Cancer Care“, are running a two day course, in Aberdeen, this week.  The course is running on Wednesday the 26th and Thursday the 27th of November 2014.

The course is called “Living with Breast Cancer” and is open to anyone who has had a diagnosis of primary breast cancer [...]


My Mum/Dad has cancer – What can I do?

Cancer can affect the whole family, so when a parent is diagnosed with cancer it can be hard on their children. There are support groups and websites out there that can help (if you know where to look!).

riprap is a site to help you cope when a parent has cancer (aimed at people [...]


New Research into Leukaemia – AML Cancer Genome

Last week, in the Scientific journal “Nature”. Scientists from the University of Washington in the United States, published a paper called “DNA of a cytogenetically normal acute myeloid leukaemia genome“. The article is published under a creative commons license, so it is free for anyone to read (you don’t need to subscribe to nature.)



Race for Life Vs Relay for Life – How are they different?

Cancer Research UK raise funds to allow scientists and doctors to carry out cancer research.  Apparently they employ 4,500 scientists and spend £6 million pounds on research every week, so you can see they need to do a lot of fundraising!

They raise money in many different ways however two events you may have [...]


Health Talk Online – What people really think

I want to tell you about a useful website called “Health Talk Online“.  It was started by two medical doctors, and it tells you about diseases and treatments from a patient and carers point of view.

It is a high quality website, the information is collected by researchers at the University of Oxford. The [...]


micro RNA’s and Cancer – The Science Bit

MicroRNA’s were first discovered in 1993, but the name “microRNA’s” was first used in 2001, so this is a really new (and hot) topic in laboratory research.  For years scientists thought that genes and proteins were the major players in the body.  Genes and proteins were the things that went wrong when you developed [...]


Lung Cancer in Women In Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This is my second post on lung cancer, this post is about lung cancer in women. For more information on lung cancer in men, read this post – Lung Cancer in Men in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. 83 % of cases of lung cancer in women are caused by tobbacco, most cases are caused [...]


Lung Cancer in Men in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire

Smoking causes most cases of lung cancer in men

I’ve been doing some research into lung cancer.  I’ve learnt a lot!  It’s too much information for one post, so I will split it up into several different groups.  This post is about lung cancer in men.  I will write a separate post about lung cancer in women and another on lung cancer in [...]


Mindfulness – Stress Reduction

A course in Mindfulness and Stress Reduction will start in October 2014 at Foresterhill, it is aimed at people who have had cancer and have finished treatment, it is also open to their relatives. It is being run by Dr Margaret McLean, a Macmillan psychologist and runs for 8 weeks. You can get [...]


Lymphoma – Which Type?

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in the lymph (pronounced lim-ff) system or glands. Your lymph system is a bit like your blood system, it moves a watery fluid round your body, it’s doing that now, as you read this post.  Lymph helps to filter out bacteria (germs), it contains white blood [...]


The Matthew Hay Project – Foresterhill

If you’ve been to Foresterhill lately, you may have seen a large building site, just to the left of the main ARI entrance. This building site is The Matthew Hay Project.  The building will house a Clinical Skills Training Unit, which will be a place for medical students, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors and other clinical [...]


TNM – What is Staging? What does TNM Stand For?

Staging, What is it? What does staging mean? Why are there so many numbers and letters? Why do doctors have to write in code?

If you’ve had a diagnoses of cancer you may have heard the term “staging”, this is when doctors carry out tests (things like scans, blood tests and x-rays) to [...]


How many men in Scotland get prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer in men, in the UK. It is often diagnosed in men who are 70 years of age or older. More than 80 % of men diagnosed with prostate cancer between 2000 and 2004 live for more than 5 years (i.e. 8/10 men live for five [...]


Migraines, Estrogens and Breast Cancer. How are they connected?

There was a recent science study that showed people with medically diagnosed migraines are less likely to have breast cancer. The NHS knowledge Service have written a good description of the study and what it does and doesn’t show. You can find it in their “Behind the Headlines” section. They also have a link [...]


Bowel Cancer in the Family. Is it genetic?

Bowel cancer affects the bit of your body you need to poo (also known as a number two, a stool or a bowel motion). Bowel cancer is a very common type of cancer, it is the third most common cancer in men (after prostate and lung cancer) and the second most common cause of [...]


Breast Cancer – What we don’t know…

Here is an interesting article (well it interested me!), scientists usually “publish” the results of their scientific experiments in specialist magazines called “journals”. The more “publications” a scientist has with their name on, the more successful they are. Some Professors with big laboratories can write 10 or more publications a year, a scientist working [...]