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Clinical trial leaves cancer sufferer 'feeling fit and well'.

Byline: Emma Sisk Reporter emma.sisk@walesonline.co.uk

A PENSIONER who is at the cutting edge of cancer treatment says he now feels "fit and well" after being selected for clinical trials.

John Moreton, 75, from Barry, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004.

He said: "I had no symptoms and thought I was a very fit man until my diagnosis.

"I was shocked and became very depressed because I felt I suddenly had no control over my life."

After the initial shock John and Pat, 73, his wife of 54 years, decided to change their lifestyles by improving their diet and exercised more.

Then doctors at University Hospital Wales told John about a clinical trial he was suitable for.

Pat, a retired nursery nurse for children with special needs, said: "He was a bit hesitant, as anyone would be, but quickly he was all for it."

Dad-of-two John said: "I suddenly realised somebody must go on a trial to check the effectiveness and safety of the injections.

"I was pleased to go on any trial that was suitable for my condition."

John, who used to work as a supervisor for Mercedes-Benz on Colchester Avenue, said: "This wouldn't cure the cancer but it would improve my immune system. Then slowly I began to feel I was in control again. It worked out well.

"From the beginning every step was clearly explained. I had scans, blood tests and several thorough medical examinations to make sure I met all the criteria for what they called the Arades trial."

John has been on the trial for two years now without any problems. During this time his cancer has not grown any bigger.

Velindre's cancer care clinical research and trials unit facilitates the safe treatment of patients in phase one, two and three studies.

Phase one studies provide a research-based treatment option of new treatment therapies to cancer patients with few or no other treatment options. These treatments have not previously been tried and tested.

Professor Peter Barrett-Lee, medical director of Velindre NHS Trust, said high-quality research remained a top priority.

John will soon be finished on the Arades trial but hopes to meet the criteria for another trial in the future.

He said: "I feel fit and well and sometimes think I can't have cancer."

For more information |about clinical trials at Velindre Cancer Centre call 029 2031 6222.

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John Moreton, from Barry, is taking part in a clinical drug trial. He is pictured with his wife Pat

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