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WATCH: Charity rugby match honours Ollie Armstrong

A charity rugby match has been held in Carlisle, in memory of a young man who died from a rare form of bone cancer earlier this year.

Ollie Armstrong's life was celebrated by his friends and family, and they also raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, who supported him throughout his illness.

Cancer patients and survivors in Cumbria encouraged to attend event

'Open Space' events are for people to speak about their experiences with cancer Credit: Macmillan Cancer Support

Morecambe Bay Cancer Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support are offering 'Open Space' events for people to speak about their experiences with cancer.

The events are planned to also address challenges people using local services have faced.

The next session will be taking place on Monday 24th of April between 4.15pm and 8.30pm at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.

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Cancer charity visits Cumbrian schools

Teenage Cancer Trust Credit: Teenage Cancer Trust

A cancer charity is touring Cumbrian schools to teach pupils the warning signs to look out for.

The Teenage Cancer trust is aiming to get to every secondary school in the county to raise awareness of the disease among young people.

The worry is that 37 per cent of all teenage cancer diagnosis are diagnosed at A&E. We need to get it so that they're going to their doctors earlier and they're picking up on symptoms.

– Rachel Wilkinson, Teenage Cancer Trust

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Watch: Supergran skydiving for charity

Eileen Dobson is 77 - but that didn't stop her from skydiving to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Watch her in action:

Eileen jumped out of a plane in memory of her grandson, Wayne, who died of cancer aged just 21.

She was joined by Wayne's sister and mum.

WATCH: Report criticises cancer treatment in Cumbria

A patients' group in Cumbria says some people are facing unacceptable delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

A Healthwatch survey found nearly a third of respondents in Copeland visited their GP five or more times before being diagnosed. Health managers say they welcome the report but question whether the reality is as bad as the survey's findings suggest. Katie Hunter reports.

NHS issues response to Healthwatch report on cancer treatment services in Cumbria

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NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, (UMBHT) and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUHT) have responded to a report into Cumbria’s cancer services by Healthwatch.

All three NHS organisations say they agree improvements are needed and insist that efforts are being made to deliver them.

The organisations also stress that ensuring access to high quality cancer services for people living in Cumbria is a priority for all partners within the local NHS.

Healthwatch has requested a response to its report within 20 days, and a comprehensive response will be provided and made public.

“The CCG welcomes the report and recognises some of the issues within the report. I think it is important to reassure people of our own findings which show a different and more positive picture. The CCG conducted an audit of 2,300 patients diagnosed with cancer with only 86 of those visiting their GP five or more times before being referred. Over 500 were not diagnosed through their GP but following a screening test or an emergency hospital admission.

“The CCG works closely with its partners to flag up issues regarding waiting times and how these can be improved. Our priority is to improve the health economy of Cumbria and we are working hard to instigate the changes needed to ensure delivery of robust, safe, high quality and affordable services. The key message here is that early diagnosis is vital in the fight against cancer and we need to ensure our clinical staff are trained in recognising symptoms. We will be working with Healthwatch and our partners to encourage people to attend screenings when requested and to see a GP if they feel they have symptoms of cancer.”

– Dr Hugh Reeve, Interim Chief Clinical Officer for the CCG
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