Buying time for cancer patients

Twenty men with advanced  prostate cancer have been  given the chance of a longer  life thanks to money donated by more  than 2,400 alumni and friends.

Your gifts fully funded the clinical trial  of a unique and pioneering treatment  combining an immunotherapy injection  and High Intensity Frequency  Ultrasound (a heated probe to destroy  the tumour), offering patients with no  other hope the possibility of extending  their life by up to six months. 


‘Astounded is the only word I can  think of that describes the response to  our fundraising appeal,’ says Dr Richard  Viney (MBChB Medicine, 1995),  Senior Lecturer at the University and  Consultant Surgeon at Queen Elizabeth  Hospital. 

‘I never expected we would  raise the £237,000 to fully fund the  trial and would like to sincerely thank  everyone who gave.’

If the initial trials are successful,  Dr Viney hopes to work on applying  this treatment at earlier stages of the  disease, and extend the research to  assess whether using cold treatment  (cryotherapy) combined with  immunotherapy will have even  better results for survival and cure.



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We held an Ask the Expert live-chat with Dr Viney where he told us more about his research at the University of Birmingham.