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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.

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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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Video report: Children go to school in pyjamas for charity

It was a special day for pupils at schools and nurseries in Bolton as they wore pyjamas all day.

The children in Little Lever were taking part in a special event called Goodnight to Brain Tumours.

It was in memory of six year old Jessica Green, who had a brain tumour and died a year ago. This from our correspondent Victoria Grimes:

For more information on the charity visit: Jessica's Fund

70 pupils in isolation for refusing to remove Marie Curie daffodils from blazers

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The Liverpool Echo reports that around 70 pupils were put in ‘isolation’ at The Grange School in Runcorn after they refused to remove charity ribbons from their blazers.

One of the pupils reportedly called the Echo from the isolation unit but a member of staff told her to hang up.

She claimed that around 60-70 pupils were excluded from their classes and that one teacher wore a ribbon in solidarity.

Parents and pupils say Marie Curie ribbons are being worn because of the number of students whose parents or grandparents have suffered or died from cancer.

Granada Reports have contacted the school and are waiting for an official response.

Report: Diagnosing Cancer early

Many patients across the North West who go to their doctor with symptoms of cancer, are going far too late. Cancer Research UK says forty thousand people here are diagnosed each year.

Yet only just over half of them are catching the disease early enough. The charity's unveiled a disturbing TV ad urging people not to ignore lumps under their skin. Victoria Grimes has met someone who understands that all too well.

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