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Family campaign for new cancer drug test

A cancer patient from Taunton who became the first teenager in Britain to have a metal port fitted to his head, has suffered a set back in his treatment.

James Willetts had a small hole put in his skull so that drugs could target the tumour directly without affecting the rest of his brain.

But it's failing to work. His family are now campaigning for a new drug to be trialled on James.

David Woodland reports.

Family win undisclosed settlement after cancer death

Lynn Rees from Kingswood died from cancer which went undetected for months Credit: Family

The family of a woman whose cancer went undetected by doctors for months say their incompetence robbed her of any chance of survival.

Lynn Rees from Kingswood in South Gloucestershire died aged 55 after an X-ray indicating a possible tumour wasn't followed up. Three years on, North Bristol NHS Trust has paid an undisclosed out-of-court settlement.

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New breast care centre for Bristol's Southmead Hospital

A new breast cancer centre has opened at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

It'll serve patients all over the city, as well as South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Services for diagnosis and treatment are under one roof for the first time. and the building has been designed with an emphasis on privacy.

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.

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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.

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