A cancer diagnosis can mean time off work and changing circumstances. Here is our guide to finding financial help with the costs of cancer.
Many people do realise the cost of cancer to health, but perhaps fewer appreciate that the illness has a financial impact on sufferers.
The North East has the highest rates of oesophageal cancer in the world, but nine out of ten of us would not recognise the signs.
A North East cancer charity is trying to raise more than £66,000 to give respite breaks to families caring for youngsters with the disease.
The Toma Fund wants to buy a caravan in Berwick to help people get away from the day to day stresses which the illness can bring.
Derek Proud reports.
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New figures suggest that cancer survival rates have increased by almost 25% in the north east - around 5% better than the national average.
Charities say the figures offer real hope for the 14,700 people in the region who are diagnosed each year.
Gregg Easteal report.
Dr Kat Arney, from Cancer Research UK, said the increased chances of survival from cancer was great news.
She said the number was up 24% through the North East compared to 20% nationally.
The death rate from Cancer in the North East has dropped by almost a quarter since the 1990s.
Cancer Research UK say that even thought more and more people are being diagnosed with the disease, better medical knowledge and improved technology has improved chances of survival.
A woman who watched her best friend and her aunt die from cancer said pain relief for patients should be improved.
Rozzie Joyce, from Hexham, Northumberland, was so distressed by the suffering she saw them endure, she has started a campaign to raise money for more research into pain relief.
Julie Harrison reports.
North East drinkers are being warned of the links between alcohol and cancer.
The message comes from the organisation Balance, which campaigns against alcohol misuse.
It says the more you drink, the more the risk increases.
It is the 30th anniversary of bone marrow transplants in the North East.
The Northern Centre for Cancer Care now has the second largest transplant programme in the country.
The procedure is used to treat patients with blood or bone marrow cancer. Katie Oakes reports.
A new drug to treat skin cancer has been given the go-ahead after being successfully trialled in Newcastle.
Erivedge tablets have shown evidence of shrinking tumours that are too big to be operated on.
Doctors at The Northern Centre for Cancer Care say it is a significant step forward in the fight against the most common type of cancer.
Jonny Blair reports.
A new drug to treat skin cancer is available after being successfully trialled in our region.
Erivedge tablets can be used to help shrink head and neck tumours, which are too big to be operated on.
Medical experts say it is a significant step forward in the fight against the most common type of cancer.
Jonny Blair reports.
From today a once-a-day pill, that was trialled in Newcastle, will be available for patients with a rare form of skin cancer
Patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma who are not suitable for surgery or radiotherapy could benefit from Erivedge.
Following clinical trials at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle it has been shown to shrink tumours.
The advanced form of the disease affects up to 700 people a year in the UK.