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Does cannabis oil help people with cancer?

A cancer sufferer who says her tumour has shrunk since taking cannabis oil believes a clinical trial is needed - to see if it can really help tackle the disease.

Linda Coxen believes it has prevented her needing to have chemotherapy - but there is concern amongst some in the medical profession that not enough research has been done to confirm a link.

Cancer Research are not advocates and warn about a rise in online scams - where patients trying to buy the oil have been duped out of money. But for Linda it's been a success story so far as Gareth Owen reports.

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Cancer patient is charged £1,000 for travel insurance

A cancer patient from Oxfordshire has accused the insurance industry of "daylight robbery" by charging him £1,000 insurance for a two-week holiday.

Peter Symons from Carterton was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010. He travels the world raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support but finds it almost impossible to get insurance.

The charity believes thousands of people like Peter are being charged a premium to travel and is appealing to the industry to treat people with cancer fairly.

Heather Edwards reports.

'Miracle child' saved by dangerous treatment declared officially cancer free

A boy from Kent who was the first child to trial a new leukaemia treatment has been declared cancer free after 5 years in remission - and his family have been flooded with thanks from the grateful parents of other children - who have since been saved by the drugs.

At just 3 years old Blue Tobin from Elvington near Dover - was the first child of his age to take two forms of chemotherapy only used on adults - which doctors warned gave him just a 1 in 10 chance of survival.

Five years on - Blue has just celebrated being officially cancer free. Sarah Saunders went to meet him and his mother Francesca Waite.

Steve spends a fortune on helping cancer patients

When American businessman Steve Blonstein was left a mission by his late Aunt in her will, he was determined to carry out her wishes exactly as she would have wanted. And now cancer patients in his native Dorset are benefitting from her generosity.

Steve came over from the States this week to see how a bit of money - well a quarter of a million pounds to be exact - and a bit of imagination can help to change the way people cope with the disease. Martin Dowse reports.

Sussex cancer survivor makes film about 'right to die'

Sara Cutting raised money for charity and campaigned for cancer awareness

A cancer survivor from Sussex who was hailed by David Cameron for her charity work has made a film in favour of assisted dying.

Last year Parliament voted against allowing terminal patients the 'right to die'. However, Sara Cutting says the pain she endured during her treatment for the condition has made her believe more strongly in the controversial change. Andy Dickenson reports.

The other interviewees in the report are Sam Dick, from 'Dignity in Dying'; and Alistair Thompson from 'Care Not Killing'.

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