Author Bill Bryson has officially opened a multi million pound facility to fight cancers in children in Newcastle.Read the full story ›
A schoolgirl from Northumberland has spoken about her experience of living with leukaemia in order to raise awareness of blood cancer.Read the full story ›
Work is due to start today to build a state-of-the-art proton beam cancer therapy centre in Northumberland.
The site, at West Sleekburn Farm, is being built by a private company. Certain NHS and private patients will be offered cancer treatment not currently available in the UK.
Northumberland has been chosen as the first place in England to offer high energy proton beam therapy, an investment which will help to provide an economic boost for the region.
Proton beam therapy is a type of radiotherapy used to treat cancer.
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The site of the first Proton Beam Therapy cancer treatment centre to be built in England will be unveiled today in Northumberland.
The centre, which will be built in Bomarsund, Northumberland, will open in early 2017.
Proton Beam Therapy is a type of radiotherapy, most often used to treat cancer. Protons are used to target cancerous cells, causing less damage to surrounding tissue than conventional radiotherapy.
The treatment is not currently available in the UK, leading to some patients travelling abroad in order to receive it.
It was the subject of widespread media coverage last year, when the parents of five-year-old Ashya King took him out of an NHS hospital to travel to Prague in order for him to receive the treatment.
Almost 40% of adults in the North East, around 813,000 people, drink more than the recommended daily alcohol limit.Read the full story ›
A former North East soldier is planning to row across the North Sea to raise money for cancer charities, including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Michael Tierney, from Low Fell in Gateshead, has been undergoing training at South Tyneside College's Marine Safety Training Centre.
The technology allows different weather conditions to be simulated in the pool.
Michael took up the challenge in memory of his sister, Clare, who died of breast cancer.
He will be joined on the trip by a former army colleague, James Moloney.
The pair are planning to make the 510-mile journey from the Scottish Borders to Denmark in August - a crossing they believe has only previously been completed by the Vikings.
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.
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.
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.