James Mack, Christie fundraiser

James Mack got a diagnosis of rectal bowel cancer in July 2015. This was the start of 18 months of treatment for the disease.

He was referred to The Christie for an initial course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, followed by surgery in January 2016. Unfortunately, the operation revealed that the cancer had spread to James’ liver and he needed further surgery.

In March 2016, James had surgery to remove the tumours from his liver. Thankfully, this operation was a success. And within 7 weeks, James was fit enough to return to work.

After his operations and further tests, James needed another course of chemotherapy at The Christie. This was a total of six sessions, every 3 weeks.

During James’ treatment at The Christie, he came in to the hospital at 8am for his chemotherapy or radiotherapy. After this, he would go back to work in the afternoon. James says that working helped him keep his sense of routine and he had lots of encouragement from his work mates.

“The treatment I received from the healthcare professionals at The Christie has been fantastic. Without them I simply wouldn’t be here to tell my story.
“The continued work and the ongoing research into cancer will hopefully enable more people like me get to see their grandchildren grow up.
“Ever since my early first visits to The Christie, I have played The Christie lottery. What it stands for is that to me it is able to fund further progress and research into the fight to find various treatments against cancer in the hope that one day it will be a thing of the past.”

- James, Christie fundraiser

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