I intend to harness this potential in order to tackle the treatment of cancer in a new and innovative way.
In November 2010, as an apparently fit and healthy 50 year old, I was rushed into hospital and given little chance of survival. A large malignant tumour was removed from my bowel. The adjacent lymph nodes were also cancerous and I was prescribed months of intense intravenous and oral chemotherapy, most of which were developed decades ago.
Fourteen months later (2012) a routine scan revealed a tumour in the neck of my pancreas, which, when biopsied, was confirmed as malignant; I was given 18 months to live. A complex surgical procedure was necessary to remove the tumour, which also required the removal of my spleen.
The routine scans continued and in 2013 two further tumours were discovered and subsequently removed from my liver.
In 2017 a ‘clinically diagnosed’ malignant melanoma was removed from my scalp. Incredibly, the pathology results found no cancerous cells.
In January 2018 scanning technology revealed six new tumours in my liver. A liver transplant was recommended. I refused – backing myself to recover.
As of May 2019 I have 16 tumours in my liver but they are stable and I feel fit and well.
I am very grateful to be a cancer survivor and wholeheartedly thank all those involved in my treatment journey to date.
I feel entirely passionate and morally obliged to discover WHY, and indeed HOW, I have survived, with the hope that my own personal experience can help many other sufferers.
I have been seeking out other long-term cancer survivors (extreme phenotypes), who are happy to donate blood for analysis which may also hold vital cancer fighting information.
In order to identify what sets us as survivors apart, I have brought together a number of highly respected researchers from several British universities and hope to recruit from other international universities in the future.
To date, I have self-funded this complex and potentially life changing research for philanthropic reasons.
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