A man who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer is free of the disease thanks to a groundbreaking clinical trial.
Robert Glynn (pictured) from Manchester, England, was given less than a year to live after doctors diagnosed him with biliary tract cancer, a rare cancer that forms in the bile ducts of the liver.
Glynn’s cancer was at an advanced stage when he was referred to The Christie cancer centre in Manchester. There he enrolled on a clinical trial of an immunotherapy drug already approved for use in lung, kidney and oesophageal cancer. Immunotherapy works by helping the immune system identify and attack cancer.
The treatment, together with chemotherapy, killed off all cancer cells. Scans show that Glynn is now clear of the disease. Research is ongoing, but the development could open new avenues of treatment for other patients.
“It’s never over until it’s over,” said Glynn. “I feel very lucky. When something like this happens you realise life is for living.”
Image: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust