Saturday 19 August 2017

Clinical trial drug gave me back my life

Cancer survivor Elaine Kelly at the launch of Cancer Week Ireland in Dublin. Picture: Frank McGrath
Cancer survivor Elaine Kelly at the launch of Cancer Week Ireland in Dublin. Picture: Frank McGrath
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

Dublin woman Elaine Kelly (39) says she is alive today because she agreed to take part in a clinical trial after she was diagnosed with phase two breast cancer.

Psychologist Elaine has revealed that new drug Kadcyla, which costs up to €123,000 per patient for a year's treatment, has "changed her life".

"I was first diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in April 2011," she said.

"I underwent a number of different treatments including chemotherapy, all which showed positive results."

However, almost a year to the day after she was given the life-changing news, she was told her cancer was beginning to spread.

In February last year the Ballycullen native was told she qualified to take part in a trial of the new treatment, and she started using the drug a month later.

"I want to relay any fears that anyone may have in relation to participating in a trial. You get the absolute highest standard of care," she said.

"It has changed my life. Now instead of being a cancer sufferer I'm living with cancer.

"Because of people like me taking part in the trial, this drug is now available to everyone."

Irish Independent

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