A new centre is being built at the renowned Christie hospital to help people diagnosed with the disease.
Around 60,000 people are expected to use it ever year.
The Maggies Centre will provide emotional suppport to family and friends as well as patients themselves.
From the Christie in Manchester, Victoria Grimes reports:
Building work has begun on a new Cancer support centre to open at The Christie hospital in Manchester.
The Maggies Centre will provide free emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends.
The Centre, designed by world famous, Stockport-born architect Lord Norman Foster will be the charity's largest Centre to date and is expected to receive visits from 60,000 people a year from across the region.
A little girl who saved her mum’s life by calling 999 when she was only five is the face of a campaign to teach children to call the emergency services. Elleemae Addison was at home in Warrington with her mum and baby sister when her mother had an epileptic fit.
Elleemae was able to dial 999, as her mum had told her to, and call paramedics to the house. Now a recording of the call is being used in a new ilm aimed at teaching children about calling 999 in the event of an emergency. Listen to Elleemae's call here.
A baby girl, from Lancashire, was put into an induced state of hypothermia as doctors battled to save her life after her brain was starved of oxygen at birth. Caitlin Kellie-Jones was taken from her parents and put in special cooling wrap as soon as she was delivered.
Caitlin had a type of birth asphyxia known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. The treatment worked and the family are now back home in Chorley. Mum Nicola and Dad Paul said they worried for a long time that Caitlin would not survive.
People with Parkinsons in the North West say they feel isolated and invisible because of the way they're treated by other people.
Over half of people with Parkinson's surveyed in the North West have experienced hostility and rudeness from members of the public - according to data released today by Parkinson's UK.
Parkinson's affects 127,000 people in the UK, and an estimated 14,000 in the North West.
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An annual festival celebrating cannabis is set to take place in a park in Manchester this weekend. The event at Platt fields park in Fallowfield, is part of a series worldwide campaigning for the legalisation of marijuana. Around 500 people went to the festival last year - with police making no arrests despite people openly smoking cannabis.
The Liverpool-based charity bearing the name of the entertainer Roy Castle is marking 25 years.
Our correspondent Rob Smith looks back at Roy's legacy and the work of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
One of the heaviest babies in Britain has been born - to a mum who asked for NO pain relief.
Danielle Davies from Morecambe gave birth to Harley, who arrived at more than 11lbs, following an eight-hour labour.
Danielle had insisted on a natural birth - not realising she was about to deliver such a massive baby.
Midwives were so shocked they had to weigh him twice.
Newborn Harley from weighs 11lb 5oz, and already fits into clothes designed for babies aged three to six months.
New mum Danielle, 21, said: ''All the midwives couldn't believe how big he was, he was the talk of the hospital.
''They had to put him on the scales a number of times, they said he was difficult to weigh because it was off their official charts.''
Danielle, who already has a 19-month-old daughter Layla, stunned staff during the eight hour natural birth, which she managed to endure without any pain relief despite pushing for two hours.
She said: ''I just cant believe I did it on gas and air, I keep wondering how I managed.''
Baby Harley was born at 1.13am on April 10.
Dad Daniel Goldstone, 23, a security guard, said: 'I was nervous because Danielle was in so much pain and it shocked me but I wasn't expecting my son to be so big.
'I'm proud of her and all the staff were brilliant.'
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer foundation is celebrating it's 25th anniversary. The charity was named after the entertainer and he continued fundraising for the charity until his death from the disease in September 1994. Based in Liverpool it's raised more than 90 million pounds. Roy's widow Fiona said she was amazed the charity had managed to go on for such a long time.