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Cancer Patient feels 'Privilged to be Alive' After NHS Trial Treatment

Cancer Patient feels 'Privilged to be Alive' After NHS Trial Treatment

 

A muscician from Manchester has spoken of her joy at the NHS clinical trial which has given her the chance of an extended life. 

Professional viola player Cathy Perkins, 63, who has melanoma in her finger, was given only months to live before she took part in a groundbreaking clinical trial.

"Four years later I feel priveleges to be alive," she said.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has issued an urgent call for more people to volunteer for NHS clinical research trials, which are crucial for the progress of ongoing research.

A new study has revealed that few people are currently willing to take part, with only 14% of 2000 adults questioned having participated in one, despite 85% of them saying they want to help the NHS find better treatments.

There is now a drive to change that with the NIHR keen to emphasise that patients who volunteer will often see improvements to their own illness.

Cathy was given the option of taking part in a breakthrough immunotherapy treatment at the Christie cancer centre in Manchester.

"When I was diagnosed there was no hope and no treatments. I felt so angry that the retirement I was planning was being taken away from me.

"Now I've got nothing but praise for the Christie. I have to go there regularly and they feel a bit like family to me now."

To read more then please click here. This article was written by Laurel Ives and was featured on the BBC website on the 25/5/18.

Cathy's story is another example of how important it is to participate in research where possible. Medical research designs the medicines and treatments of the future and the easiest way to participate is to join the SHARE register today.

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