Graham Heavyside, Christie patient

After being diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017, Graham Heavyside underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It put his cancer into remission, bringing great relief to Graham and wife Julie.

But when tests in July 2019 showed that it had returned, Graham and Julie were in shock. Doctors said that chemotherapy was the only available treatment. There was no guarantee that it would be successful.

Thankfully Graham’s consultant had one more idea. He contacted The Christie’s research team, and was told about a ground-breaking clinical trial involving 2 immunotherapy drugs.

Graham jumped at the chance to take part. And within 10 months, he was showing no signs of cancer. He now says he is feeling better and finding more energy all the time.

During the COVID-19 restrictions, Graham has enjoyed playing music with his friend John over Zoom. Graham and John have been friends since they were 11 and since the restrictions were lifted are playing music together again in person.

“When I rang the bell, it wasn’t just to mark the end of my treatment, it was to thank my wonderful family and the amazing staff at The Christie for all the support and care they have given me over the past 20 months.
“This was just a chance, but it gave my family and I our lives back.
"Thanks to the Christie I am able to look forward to the birth of my first grandchild to my son Scott and his wife Lauren, due in October."

  - Graham Heavyside, cancer patient and clinical trial participant at The Christie.

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