Patient praised for backing NHS research

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

AN East Lancashire man has been praised for his efforts to support the research team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Peter Howell, 75, from Whalley, was diagnosed in 2011 with a form of cancer called Multiple Myeloma and agreed to take part in a clinical trial for his condition.  This week he has completed 100 cycles of his treatment.

Haematology Research Nurse at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gill Hill, said: “This trial is for patients with Multiple Myeloma as this maintenance treatment is not currently part of standard treatment available in the UK.

“Each round of treatment covers roughly one month. It involves taking a low dose treatment tablet daily with the aim of giving patients a longer time in remission as unfortunately Myeloma is incurable.

“To take 100 rounds of treatment is a considerable achievement and we wanted to say a big thank you to Peter for the continuing commitment and support he has given to the trial over the last nine years.’’

Mr Howell said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the team at Blackpool who have been amazingly supportive since I was first diagnosed with my condition.

“I actually enjoy coming here because I know all the staff so well and they always make me feel so welcome.

“It’s great to be involved in the research too and I hope it helps make a difference.’’

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