BBC radio presenter wins tribunal after Government claimed she was fit to work despite recovering from chemotherapy and a double mastectomy


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BBC radio presenter wins tribunal after DWP wrongly claimed she was fit to work despite recovering from chemotherapy and double mastectomyDespite her breast cancer ordeal the DWP cut Val Armstrong's weekly cashBBC Cumbria DJ had 2 years off after chemotherapy and losing both breasts'When I was battling to get back to health, hurdles were put in my way'Val is now back at work but says legal fight was a matter of principle Val had to undergo a work capability assessment. During this medical she was awarded points according to her condition

Araucaria uses one of his own puzzles to reveal he is dying


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Crossword compiler Araucaria reveals he is dying of cancer in cryptic clues By John Hutchinson PUBLISHED: 01:26 GMT, 12 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:22 GMT, 13 January 2013 Legendary crossword compiler Araucaria decided to share special message in one of his own puzzles to his fans – that he has cancer. The 91-year-old, whose real name is the Rev John Graham, decided that a crossword would be the appropriate way of announcing that he has the terminal illness

Cancer be damned! I"ll make this our best Christmas ever: The utterly inspiring story of a mother-of-six with breast cancer


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Cancer be damned! I'll make this our best Christmas ever: The utterly inspiring story of a mother-of-six with breast cancer | UPDATED: 22:23 GMT, 19 December 2012 As the mother of six young children with just a few days to go until Christmas, I’m working my way through the very long list of jobs that send all of us into a spin at this time of year. There’s the hundred stocking fillers I have to buy, a mountain of presents to wrap, a super-sized turkey to source, tree-lights to untangle, Post Office queues to stand in and pine needles constantly to vacuum up. These festive duties can drive us mothers to despair, but this year I’m relishing every single task that comes my way

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announces his cancer has returned and he will travel to Cuba for surgery to fight his "new battle"


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Hugo Chavez announces his cancer has returned and he will travel to Cuba for surgery to fight his 'new battle'Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Saturday night that his cancer has returned The 58-year-old president first underwent cancer surgery for an unspecified type of pelvic cancer in Cuba in June 2011He said he would return to Cuba on Sunday to undergo surgery in the coming days | UPDATED: 05:56 GMT, 9 December 2012 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Saturday night that his cancer has returned and that he will undergo another bout of surgery in Cuba. Chavez, who won re-election on October 7th, also said for the first time that if his health were to worsen, his successor would be Vice President Nicolas Maduro

Cancer cases rise but deaths FALL, thanks to earlier diagnosis and better treatment


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Cancer death rates fall by nearly 10% thanks to earlier diagnosis, better treatment and decline in smoking Around 320,000 people Britons are diagnosed each yearAround half die, but patients are six times more likely to survive than 40 years ago | UPDATED: 03:14 GMT, 7 December 2012 The death toll from cancer has fallen over the past decade, official figures showed yesterday. Earlier diagnosis and better treatment have seen the rate drop by an average of 9.5 per cent since 2001. A decline in smoking was also cited as a factor because tobacco causes cancer of the lung as well as other forms of the disease including breast, bowel, liver, throat and mouth.

11-year-old Abigail Lightbown dies from brain tumour after parents mistook symptoms for eating disorder


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Girl, 11, dies of brain cancer after parents feared she was battling an eating disorder and making herself sick to look like ‘stick thin celebrities’ Cancer discovered after seven month battle during which she lost 4kgShe endured two rounds of chemo but never gave up hopeMan Utd and Coronation Street stars paid her hospital visits | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 26 November 2012 Brave: Abigail, who died on November 10, never complained about her illness and refused to give up hope that her condition would improve When nine-year-old Abigail Lightbown lost more than half a stone after months of being sick every morning, her parents feared she was starving herself to look like body-conscious celebrities. It was six months after the family GP diagnosed an eating disorder that they discovered the truth was much worse