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Man dreams in colour for first time during cancer radiotherapy

New Scientist

A man has dreamed in colour for the first time after undergoing radiotherapy to treat a tumour on his eye. The 59-year-old Australian previously dreamed exclusively in black and white. But when he received radiation therapy to the front and side of his head for four weeks, he began dreaming in vivid colour. Some of these dreams involved mentally flicking through coloured images of former girlfriends, cars, and fish he had caught. In one, he saw colourful algebraic symbols emerge from a blackboard and whizz towards him.

Windrush: Albert Thompson gets date for cancer treatment

BBC News

Cancer patient Albert Thompson, the man who has been the focus of much of the Windrush row, has been given a date to start his treatment on the NHS. It comes after he was told last year he would have to pay £54,000 unless he could produce the right documentation. The Royal Marsden Hospital in London said the 63-year-old, who attended the hospital this week, would get his radiotherapy "as an NHS patient". Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had raised Mr Thompson's case in Parliament. Mr Corbyn brought up his situation at Prime Minister's Questions, first in March and again last week, when he accused Theresa May of declining to help him.

Some cancer patients have PTSD years after diagnosis, study finds

BBC News

A fifth of cancer patients experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a Malaysian study has found.

Breast cancer: One-dose radiotherapy 'as effective as full course'

BBC News

A single targeted dose of radiotherapy could be as effective at treating breast cancer as a full course, a long-term study suggests. Researchers said people who received the shorter treatment were also less likely to die of other cancers and heart disease in the following five years. But cancer specialists have raised concerns about the study's methodology. A fifth of patients in the study received extra doses of radiotherapy. The study's lead author, Prof Jayant Vaidya, said he had expected a proportion of the women to need extra radiotherapy, since post-op tests could reveal tumours were bigger or more aggressive than expected.

'Kinder treatments in pipeline' for child brain cancer

BBC News

Researchers have found there are seven types of the most common malignant child brain cancer - paving the way for more precise, "kinder" treatments. Medulloblastoma affects about 70 to 80 children a year in the UK and requires intensive treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. That can leave children with life-altering injuries. But the breakthrough means targeted treatments could be developed and some of the side-effects avoided. The finding, reported in Lancet Oncology, has been welcomed by families affected by the condition, which is responsible for a fifth of all child brain cancers.