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Birmingham man dies from rare form of blood cancer

Ed was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus driven lymphoma and hemophagocytosis
Ed was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus driven lymphoma and hemophagocytosis Credit: Press handout

A Birmingham man has died after battling with a rare form of blood cancer.

Ed Fox, 27, passed away after suffering multiple organ failure despite attempts by his girlfriend to find him a donor.

Friends and family launched an appeal on the internet in an attempt to find Ed a bone marrow match.

His death was announced on his Facebook page "Help Ed - Register as a bone marrow donor'.

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Edmund Fox passed away at 11:40pm (local time) on 21st March 2014 after suffering multiple organ failure as a result of his cancer.

We are very grateful to all those who participated in the appeal for Ed, and despite us not being successful in Ed's case, we are proud of the work we have done (both here in the UK and abroad) to raise awareness of bone marrow donation.

'I would not wish cancer on anyone' says cancer patient

After featuring in an advertising campaign for Pancreatic Cancer Active, in which she says 'I wish I had breast cancer', 24-year-old Kerry Harvey responds to public criticism.

The pancreatic cancer sufferer explains why early diagnosis is so important with her illness, which has an awful survival rate. She says it is only natural to wish for a cancer with a better survival rate, so she could have the potential to have children.

She goes on to explain why she compared the disease with breast cancer and says more awareness is necessary.

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'I wish I had breast cancer' says pancreatic cancer patient

A 24-year-old girl from Acocks Green, in Birmingham, has featured in a controversial new advertising campaign for Pancreatic Cancer Action, in which she says she wishes she 'had breast cancer' instead.

Kerry Harvey, 24, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April last year Credit: ITV News Central

Kerry Harvey was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in April 2013 and was a stage four patient by the time she was diagnosed.

Unfortunately, this means the disease is incurable and so chemotherapy treatment is purely palliative, meaning it is only designed to keep her alive for as long as possible and will not cure her.

Kerry's controversial message is featured on posters as part of Pancreatic Cancer Active's campaign Credit: ITV News Central

Kerry explained her illness, saying:

"With my chemotherapy, at the moment they are not sure if it is going to work or not. If not then I will have four-to-six months to live, which is the average for a pancreatic cancer patient...

... Obviously, I hope to be in that three-percent of patients that make it to five years, but 50% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are already terminal."

Kerry is feature of the campaign and is quoted on posters, some of which can be seen on the London underground.

To view the video advert for Pancreatic Cancer Active click here.

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Insurance companies 'using cancer patients to print money'

The cost of travel insurance is stopping many people with cancer from going on holiday or forcing them to travel without insurance.

Figures released by a specialist cancer insurer show that in the West Midlands more than half of people who have or have had cancer would like to go on holiday.

But most of them say the cost of travel insurance effectively confines them to the UK. Nearly a third also said they were forced to travel without insurance, leaving them open to excessive costs if something went wrong.

The family of a seven-year-old girl with bone cancer, were quoted three and a half thousand pounds for travel insurance for a holiday to Malta.

Three in five Midlands cancer patients forced to holiday in the UK

New research has found that three in five cancer patients in the Midlands stay in the UK for their holiday because of the high cost of travel insurance.

The study also shows that of those who did travel in 2013, over half of patients in the West Midlands and nearly a third of those in the East Midlands, did so without insurance.

Those figures are the highest in the UK, for people travelling without any cover.

More than half of West Midlands cancer patients travel abroad without insurance

Three in five cancer patients say they only go on holidays within the UK due to insurance costs
Three in five cancer patients say they only go on holidays within the UK due to insurance costs Credit: Jens Wolf/DPA/Press Association Images

More than half of cancer patients in the West Midlands say they are forced to travel without insurance due to what they call high costs.

Research by InsureCancer1 also says three in five (64%) cancer patients in the region say they can only holiday in the UK due to the costs of travel insurance.

Side-effects of cancer treatments could be avoided

New research at Birmingham University suggests children with brain tumours could avoid the side effects of aggressive cancer treatment.

Research at Birmingham University suggests children with brain tumours could avoid the side-effects of aggressive cancer treatments... Credit: Ryan Phillips/EMPICS

In-depth scans which determine the make-up of a tumour could potentially mean some children are spared the more strenuous therapies that can lead to long term disabilities.

From 2006-2008 there were 219 cases of brain tumours in children up to the age of 14.

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