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Breast cancer mum from Norfolk on mission to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

A mum from West Norfolk is planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to say a fundraising thank-you to those who helped her through breast cancer.

Katie Docherty, from King's Lynn, was just 31 when she was diagnosed in 2014. Ten months earlier, she'd given birth to twins.

"The twins were ten months old and my older boy was just coming up to three. My first thought when I was diagnosed was how to tell him. It's always in the back of your mind; planning for you not being here any more and the kids being without you."

– Katie Docherty

After chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, Katie is now free of cancer.

She is planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro later this year to raise money for her local breast cancer unit. To donate, visit her fundraising page.

Katie is hoping to raise £4,000 with her charity trek. Credit: ITV News Anglia

While breast cancer survival rates are improving, it's normally the spread to other organs, rather than the original tumour, which can prove fatal.

But now a breakthrough from scientists at Cancer Research UK's Cambridge Institute could help stop that.

In a study using mice, they found that by restricting an amino acid found in foods like asparagus - and some poultry and dairy - they stopped the cancer cells from spreading.

"The scientists think that, if they could prove this in people, perhaps further down the line in hospital settings scientists could design a particular diet that could be used to complement more traditional types of treatment for breast cancer."

– Dr Justine Alford, Cancer Research UK