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'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 machine targets cancer better

A new machine which can treat some cancers more accurately is now being used on patients in Kent. The radiotherapy equipment is the first of its kind in the county. Tom Savvides talks to patient Chirs Lovering, Dr Rakesh Raman and Mark Fleckney from the Kent Oncology Centre.

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.

Researchers in Oxford discover new way to kill cancer cells

Researchers at the university of Oxford have discovered a treatment that targets cancer with certain genes.

They found that mutations have become a weak point for tumours.

The Oxford team found that the cancer cells with mutations in a key cancer gene called SETD2.

ITV Meridian spoke to Study author, Dr Timothy Humphrey.

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Simple test by GP could detect cancer

Of all the different types of cancer, those that attack the throat and oesophagus are among the most difficult to treat because they're often caught too late.

But now scientists have come up with a simple and inexpensive test, which could be done in GP surgeries when even the most minor symptoms first occur. Olivia Paterson reports.

Hero dog saves woman from cancer

A woman from Headcorn in Kent says she's lucky to be alive today after her dog alerted her to an undiagnosed cancer.

Colleen Ferguson says the two-year-old Alsatian began repeatedly sniffing her mouth in an strange way which led her to get a full health check - at which point the tumour was found.

David Johns reports, speaking to Colleen as well as Claire Guest from Medical Detection Dogs.

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Kent strongman raises funds for cancer patient

A woman from Kent who's been diagnosed with incurable cancer could soon be on the way to Disneyland with her family after fundraising efforts by local people. Rebecca Watts hopes to give her young boys some specially happy memories to remember her by in years to come.

David Johns reports, speaking to Rebecca Watts, strongman fundraiser Rocky Troiani and fellow strongman Andrew Gower.

Donations can be made via www.becsfactor.org

Woman discovered on Facebook that she had cancer

It's an ongoing debate as to whether social networking sites are generally beneficial to our way of life. But one woman has told ITV Meridian that, thanks to Facebook, she discovered she had cancer.

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