Eve was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing’s Sarcoma in July 2015, aged 9, and underwent a year of treatment including chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In June 2016, she was told the tumour had gone, but relapsed the following month and restarted chemotherapy.
55% of people diagnosed with bone sarcoma in England survive their disease for ten years or more. And thanks to breakthroughs in research, mortality rates for bone sarcoma are projected to fall by 23% in the UK between 2014 and 2035.
Josh was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour before he was two years old. Josh said: "I don't want anyone else to have cancer like me"
Josh needed chemotherapy followed by two operations to remove one of his kidneys and part of his lung, then radiotherapy and more chemotherapy. Karen said: “Even when he was sick during the treatment, he carried on like nothing was wrong.” Josh is now six and he enjoys football and computer games.
PROFESSOR DEAN FENNELL
Professor Fennell is one of our Stand Up To Cancer Researchers. He and his team at the University of Leicester work on lung cancers, particularly mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos. Despite our best efforts, this disease is currently incurable and Professor Fennell hopes to change that.
Dr Dean Fennel is testing an exciting new way of activating the immune system to recognise and treat this cancer. Mesothelioma cells produce a molecule called PD-1 that prevents the immune system from attacking them. By using a drug that seeks out and sticks to PD-1, Dr Fennel hopes to re-awakening the white blood cells and leaving them free to attack the tumour. This could open up a new way of treating this deadly disease.
In February 2012, Kezia was diagnosed with a germ cell tumour, a rare type of tumour that develops from reproductive cells. Kezia, now 16, had chemotherapy and three major operations, which included surgery on one of her ovaries and her liver.
“During my treatment I had five operations including three major ones. But the hardest part for me was having chemotherapy where I lost all my hair.
“Four years on, I'm doing amazingly! All my hair has grown back and I'm back at school, although I do still have check-ups. I couldn't have got this far without my amazing friends and my family who have been through just as much as me!”
DR VICKY COYLE
Dr Vicky Coyle is a clinical senior lecturer and medical oncologist at Queen’s University in Belfast. Vicky is a specialist in bowel cancer. For many people with this disease, their treatment is initially successful only for the cancer to return. Stand up to cancer are supporting Vicky to test a new idea that might help improve the survival for people with bowel cancer. Vicky is leading the UK part of a huge Canadian-led multinational study to see whether routine physical exercise could prevent this cancer from returning. If this study is successful, it could change the way people are treated worldwide as well as changing NHS and government policy.