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Surgery reduces Cancer Risk

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by Phoenix Hospital Group No Comments

261F06F000000578-3018672-image-m-2_1427752443565Catherine Murley’s story is featured in the Daily Mail (click the link to read the full article). She opts for radical surgery at The Weymouth Hospital with Mr Rosenthal to reduce the risk of a faulty gene allowing her to develop Ovarian Cancer.

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To prevent herself following in the footsteps of her female relatives, Angelina last week revealed she’s had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed (she had a 50 per cent risk of developing ovarian cancer). This comes two years after a preventative double mastectomy because of her raised risk of breast cancer.

But while many people know that a greater risk of developing these cancers can be inherited, what is less well known is that it’s not just down the female line; the risk can be passed on from your father’s side of the family, too.

Catherine Murley, a 44-year-old commercial manager from Rugby, inherited a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer from her father as result of a faulty BRCA1 gene.

Dr Rosenthal comments

Assuming it’s just the mother’s line that you need to worry about is an understandable mistake, says Dr Rosenthal, as these genes tend to cause female cancers.

‘However, they are not passed down on the female sex chromosome, like some inherited diseases. Men carry them just as easily as women,’ he says. ‘But women are more vulnerable to the effects.’ While a faulty BRCA gene raises a man’s risk of prostate cancer to 10 to 25 per cent, they raise a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer to 15 to 45 per cent, and the risk of breast cancer to 45 to 90 per cent.

Mr Naveen Cavale treats victims of the Gaza War

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by Phoenix Hospital Group No Comments

As part of a team of British doctors from London’s King’s College Hospital Naveen has recently returned from Gaza where he has set up a programme for advanced limb reconstruction for victims of war injuries. He had ever been to the Middle East before, let alone a conflict zone. The previous week, worlds away in the brightly lit and warm yellow of one of King’s operating theatres during a routine procedure, a Nelly Furtado song playing on a radio in the background, plastic reconstruction surgeon Dr Naveen considered the trip ahead. “I’m terrified of leaving behind my wife and two small children. But I want to do something like this. Someone with the skills that I’ve been trained with, working in a state-of-the-art facility like King’s, ought to be able to transfer these to a place that needs it like Gaza.”