“My fundraising idea just gained more and more momentum with the support of so many friends and family. We ended up with a team of 70 taking part in the Truro Race For Life, raising funds for Cancer Research followed by a massive After Party at Trickies in Redruth, in aid of The Sunrise Centre” explained Chantelle.
“More and more people heard about the idea and wanted to help out. We were going to hold it in a friend’s garden but then quickly realised we wouldn’t fit! Trickies stepped in to help with the venue but also arranged entertainment a BBQ and a drinks promotion,”
Chantelle was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer back in September and just three weeks later started on a treatment trial run by the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust Oncology Research Team after she was identified as a suitable patient for the trial.
“It was a straight forward decision for me,” explained Chantelle, “I lost both my parents at the age of 16 to Cancer so I want to grab any opportunity that I am given. This isn’t just for me, but for people in the future that might benefit from the research trial.”
“The Sunrise Team really have become my support network through all of it. I see Caroline the research nurse every week and they all just get it, they know what I am going through,”
Caroline Goddard, Senior Research Nurse at Royal Cornwall Hospital, describes the trial and the importance of their work,
“This particular trial involves 8 cycles of chemotherapy, surgery and then 9 cycles of study drug or a placebo followed with 3 weeks of Radiotherapy. With trials of this nature we do not know if the patient is receiving the study drug or a placebo.
Research such as this, known as blinded, is so important as it doesn’t biased the study results and we get a true representation of the patients experience of the treatment. We have been able to put Chantelle in touch with other patients on the same trial which provides another support network which can be very comforting.”