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'Geordie cancer drug' could save thousands of lives

It's known as the Geordie cancer drug and has been hailed as one of the most important new medicines in cancer research.

Developed by scientists in Newcastle, Rucaparib is being tried on patients across the North East

It is one of many potential medications being tested at the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre.

Our Health Correspondent Frances Read has this report.

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation tops £8 million mark

Sir Bobby Robson with Professor Ruth Plummer, Cancer Trials Research Centre Credit: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has announced it has reached the £8 million pound mark.

The news comes on the seventh anniversary of the the charity, which funds research into clinical cancer trials.

Sir Bobby, who lost his battle with cancer in 2009, set-up the foundation with the aim of raising half a million pounds.

Sir Bobby speaking at the launch of the Foundation Credit: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

The clinical trials, which take place at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, help cancer patients from across the North East and Cumbira

We’re absolutely thrilled by this new fundraising total. It’s incredible really. We had no idea how well-supported we would be when we launched in 2008. Bob would be stunned.

– Lady Elsie Robson, Sir Bobby's Widow

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Remembering Josie

Josie died in 2007

The parents of a Northumberland teenager, who died from leukaemia seven years ago, say they are proud of the legacy she leaves.

Today would have been Josie Grove's twenty fourth birthday.

After rigorous treatment in hospital, Josie eventually decided not to continue, and instead enjoy her final few months with her family.

Josie's memory lives on in a charity which she founded before her death. It has now given a quarter of million pounds to brightening the lives of other young people with cancer.

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Sir Ian Botham to open new research centre on Teesside

The former England and Durham cricketer Sir Ian Botham will officially open a new centre for medical research into cancer and diabetes in Darlington.

Sir Ian Botham described the new unit as a "fantastic asset" for Teesside Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

The sportsman, known as 'Beefy', will cut the ribbon on a new Centre for Clinical Research and Innovation at Darlington Memorial Hospital. The £285,000 unit is one of the biggest in the North East of England. It has been funded by research already being undertaken by the NHS Trust.

Parents delighted after daughter's "unbelievable" cancer recovery

The parents of a girl who has been fighting a rare form of cancer say they are shocked and relived as scans now suggest the disease has disappeared.

Six-year-old Fraja Simpson, from North Yorkshire, has had extensive treatment and surgery for neuroblastoma after being diagnosed with the disease early last year. The aggressive childhood cancer targets the nervous system.

Her parents, Garry and Michelle Simpson, say doctors have told them her treatment seems to have worked.

Following Fraja's diagnosis, the Simpsons started a campaign to raise half a million pounds to take her to America for treatment she cannot receive here.

The family say their fundraising will continue in case Fraja suffers a relapse, something they say happens in about 60% of patients.

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