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.