Pioneering immunotherapy treatment has had such a positive effect on Meiko Financial Director Peter Barry’s fight against bladder cancer that he is to take part in the Cancer Survivors’ Day – Celebration Walk on 24th June to help raise funds for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Charity.
After initial surgery following the diagnosis in December 2015 Peter was given the all-clear, but when the cancer returned with a vengeance in November 2017 he was given 18 months to live.
Not one to give in, Peter 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.
Said Peter: “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 Managing Director 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.”
To read Peter’s full story and to support Peter and Guy’s by making a donation, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PeterBarry4