Weʼve raised £11,941 to help our friend Matt secure immunotherapy cancer treatment which is not accessible through the NHS.
- Canterbury, United Kingdom
- Health and medical
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- Funded on Tuesday, 13th June 2017
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At 39 years old, a lifelong friend discovered he had cancer, following emergency admission to A&E after suffering abdominal pains. Shortly after admission, Matt was told he had to undergo immediate surgery to remove a large tumour from his bowel or die.
Having undergone the emergency surgery, he awoke to be told a section of his bowel had been removed and that he had cancer.
An emotional and lonely journey of hospital visits and tests ensued and it was swiftly established that the cancer had spread to his liver and lung.
Despite initial chemotherapy treatments showing positives signs of reducing the size of the tumours, the NHS informed Matt that they had exhausted the treatment available through the NHS. Matt looked for a number of second opinions from two other leading NHS hospitals; one of which was the Royal Marsden who also advised him that they were unable to help him.
After the shock of being told he would have 6-12 months to live, Matt set about researching other cancer treatments and clinical trials that could help treat his cancer.
Whilst clinical trials could be considered, unfortunately no trials for colorectal cancer where available. This left Matt with no other option than an individually tailored private treatment, involving the combination of ground breaking Immunotherapy treatment and the production of a vaccine, specific to Matt's cancer.
Matt was able to fund the initial treatment at a private clinic in Germany and within the first couple of visits, the tumours on his liver had reduced by 30%; however, the cost was significant at £30,000. Continuing to fund this level of treatment himself is just not sustainable.
Future treatment requires a further £120,000. This will enable ongoing immunotherapy and the development of a vaccine with the objective of reducing the tumours and controlling his cancer for the long term.
Any donation, no matter how small, will help Matt access this treatment.
- 10 months ago
Chris Adams10 months ago
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, your generosity and messages of kindness are quite touching. I know Matt is bowled over by the support he has received in the first 48 hours of this page going live. Thanks everyone x
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May 25, 2017
Well done Adam Ward and all of you raising money to help Matt ...Matt I hope you have custard creams ...💕
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Good to hear that Matt is responding well to the treatment. Looking forward to more good news in the future. Love and best wishes being sent. The Shields family (Phil's sister and co!).
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Imagine being told that one of your best friends has cancer and at 39 yrs old, has 6-12 months to live. We are trying to help our friend Matt raise £120,000 to help him continue the groundbreaking immunotherapy that he has already responded so well to.
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