Gemma Ellis, Christie patient
When Gemma was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36, she instantly thought of her children.
As mother to two young girls, Ruby and Scarlet, her first thoughts were about their wellbeing – and how she and her husband Ben were going to look after them in the weeks ahead.
Gemma had six cycles of chemotherapy at The Christie in Withington, followed by surgery at Stepping Hill hospital, and then a further 15 sessions of radiotherapy at The Christie over a four week period. A year later, in February 2018, Gemma found out that despite the best efforts of doctors she had developed secondary breast cancer.
“The standard of care from The Christie has been exceptional. I knew I was in the best place for my treatment but having to travel so far was very disruptive. It meant I was not able to get home in time for school runs and was having to ring people to ask them to collect Ruby and Scarlet, which was stressful for me and unsettling for them.
“A Christie cancer care centre in Macclesfield would have made a huge difference to me and my family. I’m delighted that the new centre in Macclesfield will also offer clinical trials as I know that so many patients now benefit from them.”
- Gemma, Christie patient
Local treatment in Macclesfield would have made things so much quicker, easier and less stressful for Gemma. That’s why The Christie Cancer Centre at Macclesfield is so vital. It will provide the best of cancer care for thousands of local patients like Gemma and change the lives of generations to come.