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Fundraising event held to buy cancer drugs for Leeds woman

A fundraising event was held today for a woman who has to fork out nearly a thousand pounds a month for cancer drugs that she cannot get on the NHS.

Laura Loftus from Leeds has cancer, and says the drug Avastin could extend her life. She can't get it on the NHS because she's not having chemotherapy. Helen Steel reports.

Stephen sheds pounds to gain pounds for cancer

This time last year Stephen Bielby from Sutton in Craven weighed over 23 stone and would not even think of having a go at an extreme obstacle assault course.

But after his wife was diagnosed with cancer he accepted the challenge to lose the weight and take part in one, to help raise money for the charity which gave him and his family vital support during such a difficult time. Sarah Clark reports.


East Yorkshire hospital up for national award

A team from Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham has been recognised nationally for its work to improve the lives of people in our region who have beaten cancer.

East Yorkshire hospital up for national cancer award Credit: Press Association

The Survivorship Team, jointly funded by Macmillan and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, was set up just over two years ago in order to help people of all ages through their recovery journeys.

The team focuses on providing support not just in the physical sense, but also offers help with emotional, social, financial and psychological matters too, and is one of just a handful of its kind in the country.

East Yorkshire hospital up for national cancer award

Now, in recognition of its work to improve the lives of hundreds of people from across East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, the team has been shortlisted for a 2014 Macmillan Professionals Award in Team Excellence.


Skin cancer rates double in Yorkshire

The number of people diagnosed with skin cancer in Yorkshire has doubled in the last 20 years. Around a thousand people in our region are now developing the disease every year.

Amanda Crosland from Leeds was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2001. Being red-haired and fair skinned, the mum to two daughters has always covered up in the sun. So, when she noticed a new mole, she got it checked out straight away.

Sporting chance for young cancer patients

Hundreds of youngsters who are fighting cancer got the chance to be sports superstars for a day as they headed to Sheffield's Institute for Sport, to try everything from cheerleading to judo.

The idea is to keep them fit and active, even though many are undergoing often exhausting treatment at Sheffield's Children's Hospital. But as Martin Fisher found out they were keen to take up the challenge.

Major breakthrough by cancer research scientists in York

More men with prostate cancer could be successfully treated with radiotherapy, thanks to a major breakthrough by scientists in York. They have discovered what makes some cancerous cells so resistant to radiation.

And they have identified that a cancer drug - currently in trials - could reduce its resistance. It could give hope to the three thousands sufferers a year for whom radiotherapy is ineffective. Michael Billington talks to scientists from the Yorkshire Cancer Research Unit and survivor David Falgate.

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