£70,000 lifeline to beat cancer
Sunday 5th July 2015 15:23 Community Hyde News Posted by Max Wieland

A 43-year-old nurse who is battling cancer is appealing to the public to help her raise £70,000 in a bid to tackle the disease herself.

APPEAL: Sarah hopes to raise the money she needs to undergo a lifesaving operation at The Christie to beat her cancer.

APPEAL: Sarah hopes to raise the money she needs to undergo a lifesaving operation at The Christie to beat her cancer.

It’s a far cry from two years ago when Sarah Swindells landed her dream job in the NHS as a senior nurse with the mental health team at Tameside Hospital.

For just six weeks later she was told she had stage four skin cancer, and her only chance of survival was a life-changing, invasive, nine-hour operation to remove a tumour.

Some two years and four treatments later, and facing another round of chemotherapy in the coming weeks, Sarah is looking at her one last chance to beat a disease that has since spread to her liver and lungs.

After drawing on the support of Melanoma UK she has learnt of a radical treatment which uses the patient’s own tumour to grow cells which are reintroduced to reprogramme the immune system and fight the cancer. The treatment is known as tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs).

It originated in America and is only available privately at a cost of £70,000, leading Sarah to launch her campaign to give her one last chance of survival.

Full story in this week’s Tameside Reporter.