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Nurse hits fundraising target for advanced cancer treatment

Heidi's page has hit more than £50,000 in donations. Credit: GoFundMe

A fundraising page set up to help send a nurse with a rare form of breast cancer to Germany for special treatment has hit its target of £50,000.

Heidi Roberts, from Knowsley Village, near Liverpool, was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer 12 months after her primary diagnosis in 2012.

Doctors say conventional treatments are no longer effective for Heidi.

After exploring treatments available abroad, Heidi found a clinic in Germany that offers advance therapies.

Now, thanks to the generosity of nearly 2,000 people she will be able to travel to Germany to continue her fight against the disease.

Heidi has been battling the disease since 2012 and now it has spread to her lungs. Unable to go through more chemotherapy, Heidi is hoping an alternative treatment will be the cure she is looking for.

The PD-1 immunotherapy is not available in the UK and could be Heidi's only lifeline.

Her friends Mel McDonough and Vicki Wilson hoped to fund the immunotherapy at Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic in Germany by setting up a GoFundMe page.

A Facebook page has also been set up for Heidi's cancer journey.

Race for life in memory of Georgia

Georgia Kelly

One thousand women have taken part in the Race for Life fundraising event in Leigh.

Many of those taking part in the fun run were inspired by Bolton youngster Georgia Kelly who started last years race.

The nine year old lost her fight against cancer at the end of last year and today her mum Karen Kelly picked up the mantle in her honour.


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.

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