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Cancer patient is charged £1,000 for travel insurance

A cancer patient from Oxfordshire has accused the insurance industry of "daylight robbery" by charging him £1,000 insurance for a two-week holiday.

Peter Symons from Carterton was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010. He travels the world raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support but finds it almost impossible to get insurance.

The charity believes thousands of people like Peter are being charged a premium to travel and is appealing to the industry to treat people with cancer fairly.

Heather Edwards reports.

'Miracle child' saved by dangerous treatment declared officially cancer free

A boy from Kent who was the first child to trial a new leukaemia treatment has been declared cancer free after 5 years in remission - and his family have been flooded with thanks from the grateful parents of other children - who have since been saved by the drugs.

At just 3 years old Blue Tobin from Elvington near Dover - was the first child of his age to take two forms of chemotherapy only used on adults - which doctors warned gave him just a 1 in 10 chance of survival.

Five years on - Blue has just celebrated being officially cancer free. Sarah Saunders went to meet him and his mother Francesca Waite.


Steve spends a fortune on helping cancer patients

When American businessman Steve Blonstein was left a mission by his late Aunt in her will, he was determined to carry out her wishes exactly as she would have wanted. And now cancer patients in his native Dorset are benefitting from her generosity.

Steve came over from the States this week to see how a bit of money - well a quarter of a million pounds to be exact - and a bit of imagination can help to change the way people cope with the disease. Martin Dowse reports.

Sussex cancer survivor makes film about 'right to die'

Sara Cutting raised money for charity and campaigned for cancer awareness

A cancer survivor from Sussex who was hailed by David Cameron for her charity work has made a film in favour of assisted dying.

Last year Parliament voted against allowing terminal patients the 'right to die'. However, Sara Cutting says the pain she endured during her treatment for the condition has made her believe more strongly in the controversial change. Andy Dickenson reports.

The other interviewees in the report are Sam Dick, from 'Dignity in Dying'; and Alistair Thompson from 'Care Not Killing'.

Businessman who died from cancer leaves £10m to hospital to benefit other patients

A number of rare cars, motorcycles, watches and cameras, once owned by a businessman from Poole, will go up for auction on Monday. The proceeds are set to transform the lives of countless cancer patients.

Robert White died of cancer last year at the age of 62. The money raised from his lifetime collection will build new state-of-the-art facilities at Poole Hospital and the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.

And it's all thanks to the help of the famous American chat show host, Jay Leno. Richard Slee explains.


New hope for women with ovarian cancer

It's known as the silent killer - but now pioneering research in Portsmouth could bring hope to women with ovarian cancer.

More than 7,000 cases are diagnosed each year but treatment can often be a case of trial and error.

That's because tumours are so resistant - and so different in each patient. But now scientists are working on changing all that - as Christine Alsford reports.

Interviewees: Dawn Baxter, patient; Dr Sharon Glaysher, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

New form of radiotherapy is trialled

Two of the region's hospitals are trialling a new form of radiotherapy treatment that's less invasive for cancer patients - in an attempt to improve their quality of life.

Doctors at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford are among 17 places across the country chosen by NHS England to evaluate the procedure's effectiveness.

Medics will still deliver a high dose of radiation but this treatment is said to be more accurate - causing less damage to other areas of the body. Katie Rowlett, has been given an exclusive look at how it works.

'Silent killer' claims thousands of lives in South

Pancreatic cancer has a 4% survival rate Credit: ITV

They call it the 'silent killer' - because - once it's detected there's just a 4% survival rate.

Pancreatic Cancer is the UK's fifth biggest cancer killer. A new report says that's partially because patients are being diagnosed too late.

More than 1.300 people in the region were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. Only a small number survived.

Last week the actor Alan Rickman died from the condition.

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