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Patient 'lives in dark' for cancer treatment

A care assistant has become the first person in the world to take part in an international trial of a new cancer treatment.

But the procedure, being pioneered at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool has meant Irene Williams has had to spend a month away from bright light.

Irene was forced to completely cover her skin Credit: ITV

The drug Irene was given for bile duct cancer is a photosynsthesizer, meaning it would react to daylight.

So Irene was forced to completely cover up when she left the house.

Irene wore dark glasses and a face mask Credit: ITV


Beating cancer in the dark

A care assistant has become the first person in the world to take part in an international trial of a new cancer treatment.

But the procedure, being pioneered at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool has meant Irene Williams has had to spend a month away from bright light.

Irene has bile duct cancer and the drug she's been taking is light sensitive, so keeping away from sunlight has become the norm.

Because her condition is inoperable she felt this was her only choice.

Walker's march provides much-needed help for Help for Heroes

We're continuing our run down of Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year finalists and today we meet Christian Nock.

After leaving the army, Christian ran a B&B in Blackpool - but lost everything all and ended up homeless.

Determined not to let it beat him Christian put his best foot forward and decided to walk the coast of Britain - all 8,500 miles thousand miles of it in aid of Help for Heroes.

Sarah Rogers went to meet him:.

Soap star helps cancer campaign secure a parliamentary debate

The former soap star Julie Hesmondhalgh, who won awards for her sensitive portrayal of cancer sufferer Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, has helped campaigners secure a key debate in parliament.

In response to a 100,000-signature e-petition, MPs are today debating the call for more spending on research into pancreatic cancer.

Our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie reports.


North West commuters face even higher rail fares

There's anger after the region's main rail provider Northern Rail announced rises in fares which in some cases are higher than 100 per cent.

The company has introduced a new so-called ''evening peak'' which comes into operation at the time of the evening rush-hour on some services.

Critics say commuters are being treated unfairly.

Daniel Hewitt has this report:

Quigg: Bring on the Frampton fight

Bury boxer Scott Quigg. Credit: PA

Scott Quigg has responded to new IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton's challenge by insisting he would relish the chance to settle their rivalry.

The unbeaten British pair have been constantly linked with a domestic dust-up as their professional careers have continued to soar in the last few years.

Frampton (19-0, 13KOs) raised the stakes over the weekend by defeating Kiko Martinez in his home city of Belfast to take the Spaniard's world title before saying the "only man" he wants to take on next is Quigg.

The WBA's regular champion will defend his title against late replacement Stephane Jamoye in Manchester on Saturday and should he come through that test as expected, Quigg is keen to take on Frampton in a unification bout, adding he would be happy to face the Northern Irishman in his own backyard if it is the best venue.

"I was pleased to see Carl win the title on Saturday and now it makes perfect sense for us to fight," said the Bury fighter.

"I'll fight him in Belfast, no problem - but 9,000 in Belfast versus 20,000 in Manchester, it makes more sense to do it there. But if they can find somewhere in Belfast with 20,000 then I can go there, I don't care.

"It's one of the biggest fights in British boxing, it's that big, everyone has an opinion.

"We both think we can win so there's no reason why we shouldn't fight - and I know that I will come out with both belts."

Carl Frampton celebrates beating Kiko Martinez. Credit: PA

One sticking point to the bout taking place in the next few months is Frampton has to face the IBF's mandatory challenger Chris Avalos next, meaning an all-British showdown may have to be put on the backburner for the time being.

Quigg's immediate focus is Jamoye, who came in as a late replacement for Paulus Ambunda.

Jamoye has lost two of his last three fights, which included a ninth-round stoppage defeat to Shinsuke Yamanaka for the WBC bantamweight title, but Quigg (28-0-2, 21KOs) is refusing to look past the Belgian with more lucrative fights in the pipeline.

"Jamoye is a very good fighter," he said. "He's only 24 but he's been around at a good level for a long time.

"He's boxed for a world title in Japan, he is prepared to travel and travels well, he comes forward and he's got some good names on his CV. He has fallen short at the top level but he would have gained experience from that and will have learned from it.

"To have a late change of opponent again is a shame. We approached nearly every fighter in the division so I give Jamoye plenty of respect for stepping up.

"Boxing always throws up surprises and you have to expect the unexpected, so as long as I am 100 per cent ready, focused and sharp, all I have to do is take care of the guy in the opposite corner, that's the only thing on my mind."

Tour of Britain cyclists set off on Stage Two from Knowsley

Stage Two of the Tour of Britain has started at Knowsley Safari Park.

Hundreds of people were at the start-line this morning to cheer on the likes of Chorley's Sir Bradley Wiggins and the Isle of Man's Mark Cavendish.

The 200km second stage goes through Prescot and Huyton, then onto Widnes and Chester before finishing up in Wales.

Watch as people gather for the launch of Stage Two:

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