Benefits of research on display
22 May 2012

A Tameside Hospital patient proved you are never too old to try something new after signing up to a clinical trial at the age of 80.

And 12 months on, Terrence Burke from Glossop, joined research staff at the hospital to help educate other patients about the benefits of taking part in clinical research.

Together they handed out leaflets and chatted to patients as part of International Clinical Trials Day – an awareness-raising exercise designed to encourage more people to sign up for trials.

“Words can’t describe the support I received from the hospital,” said Terrence, who was invited to take part in a trial after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in April last year.

He was administered with new hormone patches - as an alternative to regular injections - to help block the testosterone which was stimulating the growth of his cancerous cells. Within weeks his condition had stabilised.

“When they asked if I wanted to be part of the trial, I said yes straight away.  I’ve experienced no problems at all.”

The 81-year-old is the latest in a long list of patients successfully recruited to national and regional trials by Tameside Hospital.

Tameside Hospital’s Oncology Research Nurse Shirley Cocks, said: “In terms of recruiting patients to clinical trials, Tameside Hospital is one of the best. That’s because we target every possible group of patients, regardless of age, sex and ethnicity.

“By the time a new treatment gets to hospital trials stage, it has already been through at least two other stages. The patients are fully supported throughout.”