Now, we hear a lot about efforts to raise money for cancer charities, and the never-ending fight to find better treatments and ultimately a cure.
But there is one charity which works with patients to make them look and feel better.
Those undergoing treatment are often left feeling tired and sick, but their physical appearance can also change, too.
"Look Good Feel Better" holds workshops in Sheffield, Lincoln and Hull for women and teenagers. The aim, quite simply, is to boost their confidence. Tamsin Eames reports:
The funeral of a woman who campaigned for a cancer drug to be available on the NHS took place today. There was standing room only at the church in Leeds, where Laura Loftus had celebrated her wedding just a couple of years before.
The congregation heard how Laura had defied doctors and had been 'determined to live' - even keeping her condition secret so guests could enjoy her wedding day. She held fund-raising events herself, to pay for the drug which cost £1,000 a week.
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The funeral of a woman who campaigned for a cancer drug to be available on the NHS takes place today.
Laura Loftus held fundraising events to pay the £1,000 per week she needed for the drug, Avastin. Laura died last week - but her family say she did not give up without a fight, and hope she will inspire others:
Police in West Yorkshire are investigating after several electrical items were stolen from the children's cancer ward at Leeds General Infirmary.
Officers have already recovered laptops belonging to the Candlelighters charity and a mobile phone stolen in a separate incident, but they are still trying to trace a Dune HD Smart H1 media player.
Anyone in the Keighley area who has bought one is asked to contact them.
We are really pleased with all the assistance we have had from the public that has helped in recovering the majority of the stolen items. We hope that anyone who has bought this distinctive media player since the beginning of July or who knows where it might be will get in touch so it can be returned to the Candlelighters charity.
A 37-year-old has been bailed in connection with police inquiries.
Hospitals across the country are joining a campaign to encourage more staff to introduce themselves to patients.
The Hello My Name Is campaign was started by consultant and cancer patient doctor Kate Granger from Wakefield, who became frustrated that some staff treating her didn't introduce themselves.
The latest trust to sign up is the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust but the campaign has been backed on Twitter by Bob Geldof, Drew Barrymore and Kylie Minogue among others.
It is really good to see staff proudly wearing their hellomynameis badges across all of our hospital. Staff have signed up the pledges to always introduce themselves, always see the person behind the condition, treat patients as they would a member of their own family, to treat everyone with dignity and respect and to wear their badges with pride
The inquest has started into the death of a four-year-old girl from Doncaster, following heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary two years ago.
It happened a week before child heart surgery at the hospital was halted over safety concerns.
Adam Fowler reports from Wakefield Coroner's Court:
The number of deceased organ donors in the UK has dropped for the first time in over a decade, according to new figures out today.
The five per cent decrease means 200 fewer people received organs last year than the year before. Experts are calling for a revolution in the perception of organ donation in the UK. This month The Be a Hero campaign was launched in Yorkshire to boost organ donation across the county.
More than 370 pupils at a Primary School in South Yorkshire are to be vaccinated this morning against Hepatitis A.
A 6-year-old was found to have the infection at Woodfield primary school last week.