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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 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.

Girlfriend's plea to save young Birmingham man's life

Ed Fox with his girlfriend Katrien Credit: Press Handout

The girlfriend of a Birmingham man who is seriously ill with a rare form of blood cancer is appealing for potential stem cell donors to come forward.

Ed Fox was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus driven lymphoma and hemophagocytosis last May and has since undergone heavy chemotherapy.

Ed Fox has undergone chemotherapy since May 2013 Credit: Press Handout

Ed moved to Gent, Belgium last year to be with his girlfriend, Katrien, but it was during the months before moving that Ed developed the Epstein-Barr virus, which in only the very rarest of cases causes cancer.

In almost all cases the Epstein-Barr virus results in Glandular Fever, but Ed explained, "However, with me it caused an aggressive form of cancer and on top of that I have a rare complication from which 50 percent of the patients die within a year."

More information can be found on the "Help Ed - Register as a bone marrow donor" Facebook page.


Nottingham girls to release tribute single for friend

Rose Whittle meeting Prince Harry Credit: ITV News Central

Friends of a ten-year-old girl who died earlier this year say they have come up with a fitting tribute to their classmate.

Rose Whittle lost her fight to cancer in March and her friends are now releasing a single in her memory. They plan to use the proceeds to raise money for the Nottingham Children's Hospital.

Nottingham girls release single for cancer friend

Pupils from Nottingham Girls' High Junior School are releasing a single this week in memory of their friend Rose Whittle who died in March this year after a long fight with a rare form of cancer.

Rose meeting Prince Harry Credit: ITV News Central

The girls are hoping to raise money for the Cancer Ward at Nottingham Children's Hospital where Rose, who won a national award in recognition of her bravery, received treatment.

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