Pa­tients en­cour­aged to help in can­cer fight


A GRAND­FA­THER un­der­tak­ing can­cer drug tri­als is en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to fol­low suit.

Alan Comish, 76, who lives on Fitzwilliam Av­enue in Sut­ton, is cur­rently tak­ing part in a trial af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer fol­low­ing a rou­tine GP visit in Septem­ber 2011.

He is now speak­ing out to share his ex­pe­ri­ences, backed by a new Can­cer Re­search UK aware­ness cam­paign which high­lights the power of can­cer clin­i­cal tri­als in help­ing to save lives.

Can­cer clin­i­cal tri­als show whether new tests and treat­ments are safe, what their side ef­fects are and whether they are bet­ter than what is cur­rently used.

Alan said: “I know from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence that clin­i­cal tri­als are vi­tal, both to peo­ple like me re­ceiv­ing treat­ment now, and to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Alan, who grew up in Alder­ley Edge and Prest­bury, hopes the cam­paign will help peo­ple see tri­als as a nor­mal part of can­cer re­search and treat­ment.

A for­mer lec­turer in law at the Uni­ver­sity of Manch­ester and pre­vi­ously Macclesfield Col­lege, he was di­ag­nosed af­ter vis­it­ing his lo­cal GP surgery for a rou­tine flu jab. He said: “I was get­ting up three times a night des­per­ate to go to the toi­let. There is a ten­dency for men who ex­pe­ri­ence those symptoms to just brush it off as old age or not a big deal, but it is al­ways worth in­ves­ti­gat­ing.”

Af­ter car­ry­ing out tests Alan’s GP re­ferred him to Macclesfield Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal where a biopsy con­firmed he had prostate can­cer and his con­sul­tant at Macclesfield asked him to take part in a trial. He is now more than three years into the treat­ment – a six monthly in­jec­tion of a hor­mone ther­apy drug.

Alan, who has been mar­ried to Mar­garet for 54 years and has two grown-up chil­dren, added: “I cer­tainly feel a lot bet­ter since I have been on the trial. I would say to any­one who has been of­fered a place on the trial, but is ner­vous about the idea, that in my ex­pe­ri­ence it has only been a good thing.”

Jane Bul­lock, Can­cer Re­search UK spokesper­son for the North West, said: “We hope Alan’s ex­pe­ri­ence will help lo­cal peo­ple un­der­stand the benefits that can­cer tri­als can bring to pa­tients.”

● Alan Comish, from Sut­ton, is en­cour­ag­ing can­cer pa­tients to help● find a ure by join­ing him in clin­i­cal tri­als backed by Can­cer Re­search c UK

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