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Cancer patient dresses as pirate to make others smile

Craig Bryden dressed up as a pirate during his chemotherapy to make others smile Credit: ITV Meridian

A Navy veteran diagnosed with terminal cancer decided to turn his chemotherapy sessions into a way to make people smile.

Craig Bryden became an internet sensation when he was pictured dressed as a pirate on his way to hospital.

Pre-op chemo causes tumour to shrink

Southampton researchers have revealed that oesophagael cancer patients are benefiting from chemotherapy before an operation to remove their tumour than originally thought.

For patients, this could mean an increased chance of survival or lengthening the time before their cancer returns.

Southampton University researchers have looked at the records of more than 200 patients with the special type of cancer known as adenocarcinoma treated at Southampton General Hospital.

Previous research shows that giving chemotherapy before surgery can benefit patients by causing their tumours to shrink.

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