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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.

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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.

Kent man sets world record after charity truck pull

And a man from Kent has broken a world record today to raise money for a young mother who has incurable cancer. Not content with pulling a 40 tonne lorry using just a rope and his bare hands, Rocky Troiani decided to make life difficult for himself by putting an army tank on and military truck on top. Andrea Thomas has been watching the spectacle. As well as speaking to Rocky, she also talked to cancer patient Rebecca Watts and her son Alfie.

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New radiotherapy machine to treat 'moving tumours'

The new machine is the first of its kind in the country Credit: ITV Meridian

The latest radiotherapy equipment, which can track and deal with moving cancer tumours, has been introduced in Kent.

The machine at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, is the first of its kind in the county.

It has cost £2m and can pinpoint and treat tumours more accurately.

ITV Meridian spoke to Consultant Oncologist, Dr Rakesh Raman.

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