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Gaining on cancer

Guardian columnist Dina Rabinovitch’s wry, warm voice recounts the indignities, absurdities, daily brutalities and suprising graces of battling breast cancer. Her reports became a column, a blog, and a best-selling book, Take Off Your Party Dress, before she died October 30.

Dina had found the lump in her breast around the time her youngest child was born, but did not go to a doctor until three years later. Early diagnosis is important, but may not have saved her.

Increasingly, however, we are finding that cancer diagnosed early is a treatable disease with many different therapies gaining ground.

The latest is a light-activated treatment in development at Newcastle University. it uses light-sensitive antibodies that target tumours with precision, leaving healthy tissues untouched.