Inside Health

BBC Radio 4


Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney


Zika in UK, Hip arthroscopy, Limits of cancer treatment

August 9th, 2016

Episode 318 of 345 episodes

With over 50 confirmed cases of people in the UK with the Zika, Dr Margaret McCartney reviews the latest advice for people worried about the virus. Keyhole surgery for the hip. Dr Mark Porter finds out how hip arthroscopy is increasingly being used to treat problems caused by hip impingement. Sion Glyn Jones, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford and consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre describes which groups appear to benefit most from hip arthroscopy, and Amanda, who had to wait 8 years before keyhole surgery on one of her painful hips, tells Mark about the transformation the operation made to her life. Mark and Margaret discuss the benefits of the "yellow card" system, which allows patients and health professionals to report side effects of drugs. And, as more and more people in the UK are surviving, or living with cancer, thanks to recent advances in treatment, choosing the best approach when faced with a life-limiting disease can be difficult. When cure rates approach 100% for early bowel cancer, advising a patient to have surgery is much easier than recommending aggressive chemotherapy for a hard-to-treat tumour when there's only a slim chance of a cure. Consultant oncologist Sam Guglani, from Cheltenham General Hospital, discusses with Mark the different factors that can influence and impact on the unique relationship between doctor and patient when faced with such choices.

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