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WATCH: Concerns for rising levels of poor health

The north west has 6 of the top ten areas for fast food outlets in the country. Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Most of us enjoy a takeaway, especially as a Friday treat.

But now there's concerms that the number of fast food outlets means rising levels of poor health and obesity

A new investigation by the Tonight programme has revealed the north west has 6 of the top ten areas for fast food outlets in the country.

Victoria Grimes reports.

Cancer drug to be made available on NHS

Hundreds of kidney cancer patients in the North West are set to benefit from a drug that could prolong their lives for up to two years.

Doctors and patients at the Christie hospital in Manchester have been involved in trials of Cabozantinib.

The regulator NICE says the drug can now be made available to NHS patients in advanced stages of the disease.

  • Professor Robert Hawkins, from the Christie Hospital:


Nurse hits fundraising target for advanced cancer treatment

Heidi's page has hit more than £50,000 in donations. Credit: GoFundMe

A fundraising page set up to help send a nurse with a rare form of breast cancer to Germany for special treatment has hit its target of £50,000.

Heidi Roberts, from Knowsley Village, near Liverpool, was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer 12 months after her primary diagnosis in 2012.

Doctors say conventional treatments are no longer effective for Heidi.

After exploring treatments available abroad, Heidi found a clinic in Germany that offers advance therapies.

Now, thanks to the generosity of nearly 2,000 people she will be able to travel to Germany to continue her fight against the disease.

Heidi has been battling the disease since 2012 and now it has spread to her lungs. Unable to go through more chemotherapy, Heidi is hoping an alternative treatment will be the cure she is looking for.

The PD-1 immunotherapy is not available in the UK and could be Heidi's only lifeline.

Her friends Mel McDonough and Vicki Wilson hoped to fund the immunotherapy at Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic in Germany by setting up a GoFundMe page.

A Facebook page has also been set up for Heidi's cancer journey.

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