Bob Berry, Christie patient
Through every step of Bob's cancer journey, Christie supporters were there for him.
After a visit to his GP in 2013, Bob Berry was referred for an X-ray. He was shocked by the news that he had cancer.
Bob had an advanced tumour in his lung and, following surgery, he was referred to The Christie for chemotherapy.
By the end of 2015, Bob was told that he probably had just 18 months to live. With no further standard treatment options after radiotherapy and chemotherapy, he was offered a clinical trial at The Christie.
Bob was put onto a trial with an experimental drug and immunotherapy. Every 2 months, his tumour was scanned. His tumour kept shrinking and after 6 months, Bob’s cancer was in remission.
That was 5 years ago and Bob is still taking the drug to this day, and it is continuing to work. He is looking forward to spending more time with his nieces and enjoying his retirement.
Bob is thankful for the clinical trial treatment he received at The Christie and is now keen for as many patients as possible to get access to the ground-breaking care that saved his life.
“I was given 12 to 18 months to live but I have more than exceeded that and I feel really well and incredibly grateful every day that I was given this chance. At the end of the day, not only has this clinical trial extended my life, but it’s also nice to know that my efforts will help other cancer patients for many years to come.
“Every minute counts, and if your local Christie centre is in easier reach, it just makes the whole process less stressful.”
- Bob Berry, Christie patient