20 regional cancer care and attention units to get $560 million for upgrades By Dr Ananya Mandal There is very good news for millions of cancer sufferers across Australia. Prime Minister Rudd offers announced a contribution of $560 million with the purpose of upgrading and starting new cancer centers in regional and rural communities around Australia. The rural areas are severely lacking in adequate cancer care that is seen in the three times higher rates of death within five years for these individuals in comparison to those in the towns. Using these 20 newly funded and improved Regional Cancer Centres malignancy care will be brought nearer to their homes says Primary Minister Rudd.Related StoriesNew findings reveal association between colorectal cancers and melanoma drug treatmentSpecific gut bacterias can improve cancer immunotherapy, show studiesCornell biomedical engineers develop 'super natural killer cells' to destroy malignancy cells in lymph nodesThe twice every week acupuncture treatments produced highly statistically significant improvements in symptoms. Measurement equipment included: the Xerostomia Inventory, asking patients to rate the dryness of their mouth area and various other related symptoms; and the Patient Benefit Questionnaire, inquiring approximately issues such as mouth and tongue irritation; difficulties in speaking, eating and sleeping; and use of oral comfort aids.