Meiko UK financial director Peter Barry is taking part in the Cancer Survivor’s Day – Celebration Walk on 24 June to help raise funds for Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital Charity and its research into cancer.
His fundraising efforts follow his own bladder cancer diagnosis in December 2015.
After initial surgery Barry was given the all clear, only to find in November 2017 the cancer had returned, and this time he was resigned to having only 18 months to live.
But he took up the fight against his cancer and agreed to try immunotherapy, under the supervision of Dr Simon Chowdhury, a consultant medical oncologist, who is actively involved in clinical trial research for urological cancer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.
Barry detailed: “Nine weeks later, I had a routine PET/CT scan. Dr Chowdhury and I were delighted to learn that the tumour had shrunk by half its size.
“I have continued with my immunotherapy treatment and had another follow up PET/CT scan mid-April 2018. The scan revealed that the main cancer growth has been completely eradicated by the drug and that two of my lymph nodes had returned to normal.
“Thanks to the amazing help from the team at Guy’s I am now more hopeful of having a longer life and I want to help others to benefit from this important research into cancer.”
Meiko UK MD Paul Anderson said: “We’re so pleased Peter’s treatment has proven successful, and that he’s chosen to take part in this fantastic event to help ensure others can benefit from the research.
“I’m hoping that some of you may dig deep and assist in supporting Peter and Guy’s and St Thomas’ and everyone taking part in this wonderful event. Meiko UK is fully behind this, and I trust you can be too.”
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