Lung Cancer ‘Cured’


Terminally ill lung cancer patient given all clear after world first drug trial

Bob Berry is one of just three people to take part in the trial at the hospital – and one of just 12 across the globe

Bob Berry is one of just three people to take part in the trial at the hospital – and one of just 12 across the globe.

The 60-year-old was diagnosed with cancer three years ago after suffering pains in his shoulder, the Manchester Evening News reports .

Scans revealed a shadow on his lungs, and he was referred to hospital where he was dealt the devastating news that he had lung cancer.

Bob, from Hazel Grove in Stockport, underwent surgery to remove the tumour, but it was too late – the disease was growing and had already spread to his lymphnodes.

He was referred to The Christie, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe, for treatment and soon began a gruelling course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

But it was unsuccessful.

They decided to transfer him to the hospital’s clinical trials unit, and 12 months ago Bob became one of the first people ever to be treated with the brand new drug, which can’t yet be named.

He is one of a handful of people to take part in the trial

It is the first time it has been tested on humans, with the study taking place at only six centres worldwide.

It combines the drug with an immunotherapy treatment with the intention to make it more effective.

Immunotherapy treatments harness and enhance the innate powers of the immune system to fight cancer.

Bob’s consultant at The Christie, Dr Matthew Krebs, said: “Bob has had a phenomenal response to taking part in this clinical trial .

His most recent scans show that he’s had a complete response with no apparent trace of tumour in his body.

“We will need to monitor Bob closely with regular scans to assess how durable this response will be.

“As it is a combined study with a brand new drug, we still have a lot of further research to do before we can establish how these findings can help more patients like Bob in the future as cancer is a complex disease and not every patient responds as well as this.”

He said: “Three years ago, I was given 12 – 18 months to live but I have already surpassed that and I feel well.

“At the end of the day, this clinical trial at The Christie has extended my life and I couldn’t be more grateful. Anyone who is offered a clinical trial should seriously consider it.”

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