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Thermal imaging technology used to detect cancer

Thermal imaging used to health detect problems Credit: ITV news

An Exeter clinic that's been offering women a scan to spot the early signs of breast cancer will now provide a full body scan for men and women.

The thermal imaging service was set up by breast cancer survivor Terri Bainbridge whose disease wasn't spotted at first using conventional techniques.

Her breast tissue is dense and therefore hard for x-rays to penetrate but Terri believes that had a thermal imaging scan been available it would have shown increased blood supply towards the tumour.

Terri Bainbridge breast cancer survivor Credit: ITV News

Terri's company Thermalogica is to now start whole body scanning of men and women to identify potential problems and has joined forces with an integrated doctor to provide what's known as a Functional Health assessment.

This provides further diagnostic tests and advice on preventing any condition from becoming more serious.

The Functional Health screening launches tomorrow night (April 29th) at 6pm at Exeter University's Innovation Centre with an information session for therapists and anyone with a keen interest in their own health.

Thermal imaging used to detect health problems Credit: ITV news


Plymouth family start cancer charity

The family of a Plymouth boy with a rare form of cancer have launched a new charity to help others in the same situation.

Five year old Henry Hallam has neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer with frightening mortality rates. His cancer is now stable.

The charity, Hugs From Henry, will offer financial help and pastoral support to other families affected by neuroblastoma.

Elsbeth Hallam, Henry's mum, has been speaking to ITV News.

New cancer drug approved after Plymouth trial

A Plymouth consultant is the first in Europe to prescribe a new alternative to chemotherapy for certain types of blood cancer.

Professor Simon Rule trialled the new drug, Imbruvica, at Derriford hospital.

It has now been approved for use across the NHS as part of the Cancer Drugs Fund.

We were the first people to use this drug in Europe here in Plymouth and we treated thirteen patients and the thing that struck us very early was that the patients all responded and there were no side effects and that's not something you expect, you normally expect to get effects with at least some side effects and these drugs really are remarkably side effect free.

– PROFESSOR SIMON RULE, Consultant Haematologist at Derriford Hospital/Plymouth University
Imbruvica was trialled at Derriford hospital.

Patients too embarrassed to discuss symptoms of bowel cancer

A government campaign to raise awareness about bowel cancer appears to have had little impact, according to a Plymouth based charity.

Bowel Cancer West carried out a survey across our region and found the embarrassment of talking about the issue appears to have got worse. Our Health Correspondent Jacquie Bird has been to meet one man in Kingsand in Cornwall, who's living proof of the need for early diagnosis.


Many people in region aren't aware of bowel cancer symptoms

Many people in region aren't aware of bowel cancer symptoms Credit: PA

A new survey indicates an alarming amount of ignorance about bowel cancer in the region. The report from Bowel Cancer West says nine out of ten adults they spoke to weren't aware of symptoms of the disease and were embarrassed to go the doctor. But early diagnosis is crucial to survival.

Neon Roberts making 'good progress' after treatment

Seven-year-old Neon Roberts is making "good progress" following his treatment, his father has said.

Late last year, Neon's mother Sally, failed in a legal bid to stop her son having radiotherapy for a brain tumour.

Sally Roberts, mother of Neon Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The High Court ruled that Neon should undergo radiotherapy for the cancerous tumour against her wishes.

Neon's father Ben - who is separated from Ms Roberts - said his son had completed the course of radiotherapy as planned.

Watch: 'Neon's care should be my choice'

Hospital wins innovation award for cancer database

System designer Rufus Smith after collecting the award from Rory Bremner (right) Credit: North Devon District Hospital

North Devon District Hospital has won a national award for innovation for its computerised cancer pharmacy system. It allows the hospital to log and follow all aspects of patients' chemotherapy treatment.

The time-saving, custom software then lets the hospital develop daily treatment schedules and worksheets to simply the types and amount of medication that need to be made up. It also manages stock control.

It was developed by Rufus Smith, a pharmacy expert at the hospital. The hospital trust says it has saved £20,000 by developing the software in-house, for free.

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