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Teenager's cancer went undiagnosed for years

The family of a teenager who died after her cancer went undiagnosed for almost two years spoke today of the tragedy.

Natasha Simmonds from Radstock near Bath, was seen by medics 24 times in the last year of her life, but no one spotted she had cancer and a tumour until it was too late. When she was finally diagnosed she had just 11 days to live. David Woodland reports.


Teenager with rare cancers treated in Bristol

A 13-year old boy who is the only person in the world fighting leukaemia AND another cancer that affects just six other people has been undergoing treatment in Bristol.

Deryn Blackwell's condition is so rare, doctor's at the Bristol Children's Hospital had no idea how to treat it, and had to ask consultants from across the world for help. Katie Rowlett reports.

Mother of rare cancer sufferer still hoping

The mother of a teenage boy being treated for TWO cancers at Bristol Children's Hospital says she's hasn't give up hope.

Deryn Blackwell is the only person in the world known to be fighting leukaemia and another form of cancer.

After a bone marrow transplant failed, Callie Blackwell, Deryn's mother, says she's hopeful holistic therapy can help.

13 year old with TWO cancers staying hopeful

A thirteen year old boy who is the only person in the world fighting leukaemia and another form of cancer, is being treated at Bristol Children's hospital.

Deryn Blackwell's condition is so rare that consultants from across the world had to help. A bone marrow transplant was carried out in March but it unfortunately failed. Now his family hope holistic therapy can help prolong his life.


New support for survivors of cancer

Nearly twelve thousand people in the West are diagnosed with cancer every year and with survival rates improving - many more people are living with the illness.

Macmillan Cancer Support, wants more to be done to help those who face poor health or disability after being treated. It is planning to open a new support centre in Bristol. Amanda Barton has recovered from colon cancer but still lives with the after effects of her treatment.

James Dyson Foundation donates £4m for cancer centre in Bath

Sir James Dyson's foundation has donated £4million pounds for a cancer centre in Bath Credit: PA

The James Dyson Foundation has donated £4million for a Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

It's the biggest donation in the hospital's history and follows a 600 thousand pound gift from the Dyson family and foundation towards its new neonatal unit.

The centre will be equipped with cutting edge technology and designed to have a healing environment.

Full report: Cancer children feel left out

Finding out your child has cancer is one of the worst things any parent can face. But dealing with the aftermath can be almost as difficult. A new report shows many survivors of childhood cancer are feeling left out when they go back to school.

Children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent which published the research says schools need to play a bigger role in helping children return to the classroom.

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