Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Inspired by Sir Bobby to Volunteer for Trials; Mum of Two Will Go to Research Centre

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Inspired by Sir Bobby to Volunteer for Trials; Mum of Two Will Go to Research Centre

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Byline: Paul Loraine

AMOTHER suffering from breast cancer is set to start clinical trials at Sir Bobby Robson's new centre for research into the disease - inspired by the former Newcastle manager.

Sally Ann Fenwick, of Hexham, Northumberland, was diagnosed with the disease last October and will be treated at the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, for the first time on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old, who has two daughters - Olivia, nine, and Miranda, 14 - decided to participate in the trial because the particular type of cancer she has is resistant to typically-used breast cancer drugs including Herceptin.

"He's just such a warm person and has done so much to put the North East on the map," she said.

"When you are going through something like this, you have to be positive. Sir Bobby is always positive and it gives you so much inspiration.

"We now have one of the biggest places for cancer care in the country. All the fundraising he has done for the foundation has been incredible. He raised so much money in such a short period of time."

Before being diagnosed, Mrs Fenwick, of Burswell Avenue, worked with children with special needs at Hexham's Priory School.

She signed up for clinical trials after learning she had "triple negative" breast cancer, meaning the standard drugs would not work.

She said: "It has been a big struggle because the cancer that I have got is not one of the normal ones.

Most of them are hormonal but mine isn't.

"My friend, who works in medicine, said I should look at getting on a clinical trial and I've got nothing to lose from going on it."

Mrs Fenwick said the centre would offer cancer sufferers and their families across the region a great deal of hope.

"I know that to go through something like this, you need hope," she said.

"Because this new centre has opened, it gives you more hope and knowing about all the expertise they have there, it makes you feel better. …

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