Bushtucker trials for Stacey

Friends of a seven year old girl with a rare form of cancer have held a Bushtucker trial to raise money for treatment abroad.

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Camerons meet patients at Oxford cancer ward

Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and his wife Samantha talk to Chase Howie at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford Credit: Press Association Images

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha met patients at an Oxford cancer ward on the same day he announced a £400m cancer drug fund. Mr Cameron pledged to extend the Cancer Drugs Fund which was set up to help patients access certain drugs before they get approval for widespread NHS use

The Camerons earlier visited the children's cancer ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford to make the announcement.

Oxford medics back Cameron's cancer cash pledge

David Cameron has extended the Cancer Drugs Fund until 2016 Credit: Press Association Images

Doctors in Oxford have praised the Prime Minister for extending a cancer drugs programme. The Cancer Drugs Fund was set up in 2011 to help patients access certain drugs before they get approval for widespread NHS use. The scheme was due to end next year.

But Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged £400m to keep it running. Dr Andrew Protheroe, Consultant in Medical Oncology at The Churchill Hospital in Oxford, said: 'The more treatment options that are available to me, the better job I feel I can do for my patients.

'Before the Cancer Drugs Fund, doctors were not able to use a whole range of drugs which were part of standard practice in other countries. This fantastic announcement means we won’t have to go back to those days.'


Community rallies round to help sick girl

Family and friends of a young girl from Gravesend have got together to make a video, to raise money, so she can have specialist cancer treatment in America. Seven year old Stacey Mowle, has neuroblastoma, a rare form of the illness.

It's the latest in a series of fundraising attempts by the local community, who've rallied round to help. Events include a Bushtucker trial and a record breaking attempt at the UK's biggest Conga.

Gravesend's giant Conga for Stacey

Hundreds of people have been fundraising today for a little girl with a rare form of cancer called Neuroblastoma. Stacey Mowle's parents want to send her to America for specialist treatment.

Today they tried to break the record for the UK's longest Conga hoping to raise the half a million pounds they need. It's the latest event in their campaign, which has also involved holding their own Bushtucker trial.

Andrea Thomas went along to see the attempt and find out more about the appeal. She spoke to Stacey and her Dad Warren.

UK's biggest conga attempt to help save Stacey

7-year old-Stacey has a rare form of cancer

A community's attempt to save the life of a 7-year-old girl who has the rare form of cancer, Neuroblastoma, takers another step forward today. Time is not on Stacey Mowle's side. She's being treated at the Royal Marsden, but needs to try pioneering treatment in America.

Kate Middleton helping Stacey draw a picture

Today, campaigners will try to break the UK record for the biggest Conga, with up to 2000 people taking part. It's one of many madcap fundraising efforts, including a Bushtucker Trial, complete with sheep's brains and mealworms.


Scientists announce progress in childhood cancer study

Research scientist at work
Scientists have been researching possible treatments for childhood cancer Credit: University of Southampton

Cancer Research UK scientists from the University of Southampton say there is new hope in the fight against childhood cancer. They have said they are seeing positive results in a pre-clinical trial that could bring treatments for a particular form of childhood cancer closer to reality.

Their study published in 'Clinical Cancer Research' has found that two antibodies developed by the Hampshire team help to boost the immune system to fight neuroblastoma - a form of childhood cancer which grows from undeveloped tissue of the nervous system.

Dr Juliet Gray, Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Oncology said: "Although this work is still at a pre-clinical stage, we hope it has enabled us to identify a way that we can provide effective immunotherapy treatment against neuroblastoma.

"More research is needed to understand how these antibodies work and how they should be used to treat neuroblastoma.

"Six out of ten children with neuroblastoma can be successfully treated with conventional chemotherapy.

"But for those children who don't respond well to this treatment, immunotherapy could become a vital new treatment option.".

Simple check saved my life

Ryan Walshe's life was saved by pure chance. Now he's trying to persuade teenage boys to join a campaign to prevent testicular cancer. Tom Savvides talks to Ryan from Brighton, Rebecca Porta from the charity Orchid and Dr David Bloomfield from the Sussex Cancer Centre.

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