Cancer researcher saved by her own drug
Suffering from cervical cancer, scientist saved by Cisplatin
Her success in her field of work has led to a deeply personal benefit. Thirty-nine-year-old Dr. Hayley Farmer, who works for Cancer Research U.K., is part of a team responsible for clinical trials on new medicines and vaccines. Farmer was part of the office working on Cisplatin - a chemotherapy drug being tested on different types of cancer. The drug wound up saving her life.
"I wanted to work for Cancer Research UK in the first place because I had recently lost my grandmother to cancer. But now I have had my own experience it makes me so grateful for doing the job I do," Dr. Hayley Farmer says.
Considered already too advanced for surgery, Farmer was treated with radiotherapy followed by Cisplatin.
From Bristol, Farmer was given the all clear from cancer last year thanks to the pioneering drug. "I have always been very passionate about what I do and why I do it.
"I wanted to work for Cancer Research UK in the first place because I had recently lost my grandmother to cancer.
"But now I have had my own experience it makes me so grateful for doing the job I do.
"It was quite surreal when I was first told, I see the cancer work every day, although it is very different when it is you."
She found her cancer experience "positive" and used fighting the disease as a chance to take time off work and go travelling. She feels lucky to be in a country where cancer screening is available to pick up cases like hers.
"I am appreciative of all the patients who go through clinical trials. In some cases it doesn't help them, but it helps people in the future.
"For me there is a personal connection because if it had not been for people going through clinical trials I might not be here.
"We did some of the early work on the drug I got and that really does put it in perspective - if it wasn't for people doing that 20 years ago I wouldn't be here."
© 2013, Catholic Online. Distributed by NEWS CONSORTIUM.
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2013
General Intention: Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Missionary Intention: Prepare the Savior's Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Health News
- Dementia epidemic only growing worse: 135 million sufferers could arrive by 2050
- Men are from Mars, Women from Venus? Their brains are certainly wired differently
- Drinking water from plastic cups, bottles may be causing migraine headaches
- Apocalypse imminent as bacteria evolve beyond antibiotics
- New injection gives arthritics new hope
- Overweight people need to curb blood pressure to cut heart attack risk, doctors say
- Dangerous fad diet involves kids eating cotton balls
- Heart attack symptoms show up ONE MONTH before they occur, doctors say
- Diabetes spreading at alarming rate throughout Asia
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?