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New 'anti cancer' grenades developed to target tumours

Heat activated 'grenades' filled with cancer-fighting drugs have been developed by scientists at the University of Manchester in the latest step to tackle the disease. It's thought the heat-activated trigger will help ensure cancerous, rather than healthy tissue is targeted by the drugs. The findings of two studies are due to be presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) cancer conference in Liverpool next week.

Find out more about the University of Manchester's Cancer research in the video below.


Fixers: isolation and loneliness affect families as well as patients, says daughter of cancer sufferer

It's not just the person diagnosed with cancer that can experience feelings of isolation and loneliness. Family members can also experience those feelings.

In the next of our Fixers reports, the campaign that gives young people a voice, 16 year old Kayla Laisby from Grange-over-Sands, whose family has been profoundly affected by cancer, is using her experience to help others cope when serious illness strikes.

New cancer treatment developed in Manchester

A new technique to treat lung cancer is being developed in Manchester. Cancer cells will be captured in te patients blood by special magnets. It's hoped, it could lead to better ways to treat patients. It comes as research from Cancer Research UK announces cases of the disease in women is the highest since records began despite a drop in smoking rates.

Lung cancer rates have hit the 20,000 mark say the charity, an increase of 22% soaring from around 14,200 cases diagnosed around 20 years ago.

"It really is devastating to see that the number of women diagnosed with lung cancer continues to climb. We also know survival remains poor and one of the problems is that lung cancer tends to be diagnosed at a late stage when it has already spread. Cancer is very difficult to treat once it has spread around the body.

"It is very challenging to biopsy lung cancer and very hard for the patient too. The new technique we're testing uses magnets to capture rogue cancer cells in patients' blood and could be a more effective form of biopsy - providing vital information on the biology of the disease. And, ultimately, this could lead to better ways to treat patients."

– Prof Caroline Dive, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

The new technique is being presented at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition this week by staff from Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute who have travelled to London.


The Facebook post that could save lives

Lisa Royle Credit: MEN Syndication

A brave mum who posted a picture of her breast on Facebook has been swamped with support from other women.

Lisa Royle, who lives in Astley, Wigan, posted a photo of the small dimples on part of her breast which alerted her to consult a doctor, she was later diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mrs Royle, posted the image on her Facebook page just before she had a mastectomy and since then it has had more than 55,000 shares.

The message that could save lives Credit: Facebook

Lisa, was admitted to hospital in Monday for her surgery after spotting the dimples underneath her left breast on holiday in Egypt over Easter.

She is currently recovering after undergoing the mastectomy.

Her proud husband Craig Thomas Royle described his wife as an “inspiration” and said “together we can make people aware and kick cancers ass.”

Following Lisa’s surgery he posted again saying she was “doing really well.”

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