Young adults and teenagers being treated for cancer are to be offered free access to a pioneering scalp cooling treatment at Weston Park Hospital that can reduce hair loss during chemotherapy. Those aged between 13 and 24 will be able to access the treatment as a result of an initiative launched by the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust and Huddersfield-based health technology specialists Paxman. Sheffield Live reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Claire Paxman, ambassador to the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust.
Sheffield’s famous charity fundraiser, known as the “man with the pram”, told Sheffield Live! he is determined to raise at least a million pounds for the Macmillan cancer charity. John Burkhill, who turned 80 this month, has already raised more than £500 thousand for the charity after losing his wife, June, to cancer in 1992. The veteran is a familiar sight on Sheffield’s streets and has completed several fundraising marathons and long distance walks. He has previously been awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity work. Azz Mohammed reports.
Scientists at the University of Sheffield have found that an arthritis drug could be effective in the treatment of blood cancer patients. Polycythemia vera is a type of blood cancer which affects 3,000 people a year. Current treatments dont slow progression of the disease and provide little relief from symptoms.The University of Sheffield research group found that a commonly used to treatment for arthiritis, Methotrixate, could also slow the blood cancer disease by directly inhibiting the molecular pathway responsible. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Martin Zeidler, of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Biomedical Science.
Macmillan Cancer Support are urging people to get active after cancer treatment, with benefits including improved health, reduced isolation and fewer side effects. According to the charity, which has been holding mobile information sessions in Sheffield city centre, being active can improve strength, aerobic fitness and flexibility, all of which can aid recovery. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to cancer information specialist Caroline Kipling.
By Andrew Tildesley
The staff and regulars at The Hammer and Pincers of Bents Green have hit on an innovative exercising method of raising money for charity. This Saturday they will be cycling the full length of the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France – on a static bike!
Manager Anthony Crawford will be cycling in between shifts he will be joined by both pub regulars and 9 members of his staff, all with the aim of raising over £1000 for Cancer Research. Taking turns on the static bike to cycle at a steady speed of 20km per hour, and beginning at 4am, they aim to tackle the 390kn route of the first two stages of the Tour de France in just 20 hours, with the aim of being finished by midnight.
Local Bents Green businesses, including Cannisters Butchers, Le Crunch and Bents Home and Garden, have been happy to jump on board with sponsorship and the fundraiser is intended to be a community event, with a barbecue and bouncy castle laid on (British summer weather permitting!).
Hammer and Pincers’ manager Crawford said, “We’re a small part of a larger company, Mitchells and butler, which has raised over £34,000 for cancer Research already, we hope to do our own small part.”