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Newcastle footballer reveals testicular cancer fight

Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he is having treatment after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in his native Argentina.

The popular midfielder said he has undergone chemotherapy after having surgery following the discovery of a tumour which was first noticed last year.

The 33-year-old appeared on Argentinian TV show Indirecto looking strikingly different without his trademark long hair and beard.

"When I was told I had cancer, I went home in tears," he told the show.

He added: "This is the most difficult match I've every played. You start thinking about important things when you have problems like this one."

Gutierrez pictured playing for Newcastle against Manchester City last year. Credit: Empics

After revealing his battle with cancer last night, the winger used Twitter to thank fans for their messages of support.

Coloccini supports Gutierrez through testicular cancer treatment

Jonas Gutierrez Credit: PA

Newcastle United player Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he is having treatment after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in Argentina.

He has undergone chemotherapy after having surgery.

"When I was told I had cancer, I went home in tears.

"In May 2013, I felt very tough pains on my testicle. After some wrong diagnosis, an ultrasound detected the tumour.

"I came here and I assumed the costs despite having a contract with Newcastle. Money is not important. What is important is my health. I had to start chemotherapy."

– Gutierrez speaking on Argentinian TV show Indirecto on TyC Sports

33-year-old Gutierrez, who has made 22 appearances for his country, has admitted several national colleagues, including close friend and Newcastle team-mate Fabricio Coloccini, have been a great help.

"This is the most difficult match I've every played. You start thinking about important things when you have problems like this one.

"Some guys like (Gabriel) Heinze gave me strength.

"After surgery, I told (Ezequiel) Lavezzi, (Martin) Demichelis and Coloccini, who is very close to me. We've played together at Newcastle for six years and he calls me. He is almost a member of my family. "I decided to reveal all this because I think this is a difficult moment, but there is nothing wrong with this. These things may help other people."

– Gutierrez speaking on Argentinian TV show Indirecto on TyC Sports

Gutierrez joined Newcastle from Mallorca in July 2008 and became a fans' favourite when he played a starring role in helping the club win the Championship in his second season in the North East.

However, he was largely unused by manager Alan Pardew last season and was allowed to join Norwich on loan for the second half of last season, where he made his last league appearance in the Canaries' 1-0 defeat to West Brom in April.

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Teammates and athletes support Gutierrez

Athletes and Newcastle United players have tweeted their support to Jonas Gutierrez after he revealed he is being treated for testicular cancer.

Gutierrez thanks fans for support

Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has tweeted to thank fans for their support after he revealed he's being treated for testicular cancer.

The 31-year-old had a testicle removed in Argentina and is now undergoing chemotherapy.

Cancer treatment unit on Teesside to close

It has been announced that a cancer treatment unit on Teesside will close by November 2014.

The inpatient haematology unit at Stockton's North Tees Hospital sees about 20 patients a week with a variety of blood diseases.

NHS bosses say they'll have to close the unit after failing to train enough senior doctors.

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Powerlifting champion backs heart disease campaign

Powerlifting champion Mike Baxter Credit: County Durham Sport

Former powerlifting champion Mike Baxter has joined a health campaign in County Durham which aims to tackle heart disease and diabetes.

Mike Baxter was the reigning British Police Powerlifting Champion for seven years and represented his country at the 1999 World Championship.

And now, the power-lifter is encouraging people to take up badminton as part of a country-wide Move in to Sport programme which aims to tackle cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes through exercise and is offering special beginners classes to people looking to improve their health and fitness from just £2 a session.

Mike Baxter competing in 1997 Credit: County Durham Sport

When I stopped powerlifting, my weight ballooned, I went from training in the gym five to six times a week to doing almost no exercise for 10 years. I became a complete couch potato.

I’d played badminton in my teens, but never thought of taking it up again until I went along with my son to the Durham Swifts meeting as he was interested in joining. I ended up coming out as the chairman.

– Mike Baxter

The 12 week adult beginner course with the Durham Swifts takes place on a Wednesday evening from 6pm-7pm at Framwellgate School, Durham.

To find out more about courses on offer including table tennis, rowing, climbing, cycling, running, swimming and golf visit http://www.countydurhamsport.com/physical_activity/move_into_sport

Durham Swifts Badminton Club Credit: Sport in County Durham

Charity marks arrival of ambulances for cancer patients

A volunteer with a Daft as a Brush ambulance; the charity makes 10,000 journeys each year.

A charity is holding a ceremony later to celebrate the arrival of seven new ambulances it will use to take cancer patients to and from hospital.

Daft as a Brush already gives patients 10,000 free lifts every year. The new vehicles will mean that number could rise to 14,000 in 2015. Each of the new ambulances is sponsored by a school.

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