Pioneer pa­tient to ad­vise on care

Macclesfield Express - - GREAT IN THE OUTDOORS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

AFORMER can­cer pa­tient who was sent to Amer­ica for pi­o­neer­ing treat­ment has been cho­sen to help shape the fu­ture of pa­tient care closer to home.

Twenty- five- year- old So­phie Vohra, from Mac­cles­field, re­ceived pro­ton beam ther­apy in the USA af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer when she was just 23.

Now The Christie, a spe­cial­ist can­cer hos­pi­tal in Manch­ester, has in­stalled its own High En­ergy Pro­ton Beam Ther­apy (PBT) cen­tre, So­phie has been drafted in to share her ex­pe­ri­ences with the hos­pi­tal.

So­phie started her treat­ment at The Christie in April 2015 af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with Ewings Sar­coma, a rare form of can­cer at the bot­tom of her spine.

So­phie, who is now study­ing for a PhD, said: “At the age of 23, one of the last things you ex­pect to hear is that you have can­cer. I had been suf­fer­ing in­creas­ingly from bad pains and numb­ness down my right leg since the start of the year, which be­came so un­bear­able that I fi­nally de­cided to visit my GP. Fol­low­ing var­i­ous tests and in­ves­ti­ga­tions, I re­ceived my di­ag­no­sis and was re­ferred to The Christie.”

She added: “I was very lucky to be put for­ward for pro­ton beam ther­apy treat­ment in Amer­ica. “This was the best op­tion be­cause it would cause much less dam­age than stan­dard treat­ment would to the area sur­round­ing my tu­mour.

“I can’t fault my treat­ment in Amer­ica and the staff of­fered us all a lot of sup­port but be­ing so far away from home was iso­lat­ing.

“Hav­ing all of this avail­able to me has meant I have re­ceived all the best op­por­tu­ni­ties to try and beat this hor­ri­ble dis­ease.

“I couldn’t be more grate­ful to The Christie for help­ing make it pos­si­ble. I am now dis­ease free and able to get on with my life and com­plete my PhD.

“No one should ever have to go through a lifethreat­en­ing ill­ness like can­cer, but places like The Christie and the fa­cil­i­ties they have for young pa­tients means that we can not only get through our treat­ment, but can also con­tinue to have as ful­fill­ing and happy a time as we can.

“I’m thrilled that I can use my ex­pe­ri­ence of can­cer and my treat­ment in Amer­ica to help fu­ture pa­tients at the new PBT cen­tre at The Christie.

“I know it will be lifechang­ing for fu­ture pa­tients like me.”

The PBT cen­tre, due to open next year, will be the first of only two cen­tres to open in the UK.

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