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The Royal Marsden  For a future beyond cancer

Mavis Nye shares her story of mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer in the lining of the lungs.

After four years on chemotherapy, Mavis was able to join a clinical trial in 2014 at The Royal Marsden, which tested the effectiveness of the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab. “I joined the trial in May 2014 and felt so well on it, compared to chemotherapy. I was able to live my life and the mesothelioma started shrinking. In April 2016 I was told I had what they call a ‘complete response’ and had no signs of mesothelioma at all. I was the first patient in the UK to be effectively ‘cured’ of this disease. “I started campaigning against asbestos – attending conferences, giving media interviews, writing a blog and volunteering as a patient representative to help researchers working on clinical trials. I was rushing along enjoying my new life. I was so busy my mind had blocked the disease out. I didn’t have mesothelioma. I wasn’t ill, I was a survivor. I had survivor’s guilt even, as many of my mesothelioma friends have died. Then zap, out of the blue, I found out last month that I have some new lesions. I had such great hopes I had beaten this and now I’m back at the starting line. “The good news is, I can re-join the clinical trial next month. I’ll be the first patient to have this top-up so they will learn from me what happens. So I’m totally cheered up that they will be able to use my case in such a way, to further their research. “A clinical trial saved my life once, now I’m hoping it will do the same again"

#royalmarsden #clinicaltrials #ICTD18 #ICTD #research #whywedoresearch

Three Royal Marsden members of staff were proud to attend the ITV NHS Health Heroes last week alongside colleagues from Trusts around the country, celebrating the amazing work of the unsung heroes of the #NHS

In a video address during the show, our President HRH The Duke of Cambridge said, the NHS is "one of our country's greatest treasures." He added. "Perhaps the most wonderful thing about the NHS is its people. The skill, care, and dedication that they provide every day is truly inspirational," The awards ceremony will be shown on ITV at 8.30pm tonight.

#royalmarsden #nhs #nhsheroes #itv #hrh #princewilliam

With Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle's #RoyalWedding fast approaching, we celebrate some of the royal visits to The Royal Marsden over the years #NHS70 #royalmarsden #royalvisit #princeharry #meghanmarkle

A year ago today we welcomed HRH The Duke of Cambridge to celebrate his tenth anniversary as President of The Royal Marsden. During the visit, he revisited radiotherapy and Oak Centre for Children and Young People where he had been on work experience in 2005. Young Daisy, then six, was one of the many patients HRH met while shadowing staff and was even tasked with putting on Daisy’s name band.

Daisy’s mum, Katie, said: “We were so surprised Daisy’s photo with the Prince was everywhere afterwards. I think she was amused that he had such an entourage with him and always tells people she met him when she sees him on TV. Daisy is doing really well and is now two years into her treatment plan for lymphoma. We all have very fond memories of the day.”
#royalmarsden #royalvisit #dukeofcambridge #throwback #NHS

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on 12th May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
It’s a day to celebrate and appreciate the contributions made by nurses to society.

Here's a massive thank you to all of them!

#InternationalNursesDay #nursesday #IND2018 #thankyou #MarsdenMagic

The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018 and in celebration of the momentous milestone, we'll regularly delve into The Royal Marsden's vaults to share some archive pictures from the past 70 years.

Here is a Mobaltron 10,000 rotating cobalt treatment unit from the 1960s. Cobalt therapy was a revolutionary advance in radiotherapy in the post-World War II period.

It was widely used in external beam radiotherapy, producing a beam of gamma rays which was directed into the patient's body to neutralise tumour tissue. The machines were expensive and required specialist support and were often housed in cobalt units.

Now, the very latest in radiotherapy tech is the CyberKnife. And The Royal Marsden was one of the first London NHS Trusts to install the latest model

#NHS70 #MarsdenMagic #royalmarsden #NHS #mobaltron #cyberknife

Six-year-old Ty enjoying gifts sent to our children's unit by #DisneyUK for #StarWarsDay #MayThe4thBeWithYou #MomentsthatMatter 😃😃😃

It's May 1st and that means #NationalWalkingMonth begins!
Get your boots on and enjoy the climbs, mountains and extraordinary vistas. Why not check out some of our upcoming treks and walks? Click link in bio for more details.

#royalmarsden #charitytuesday #May1st #MayDay #challenge #trek #walks

Sometimes it's the little things that matter... "It brings a smile to their faces," says play specialist Claire about the #MarsdenBears we're giving out to every young inpatient admitted to our children's unit.

On Monday, we hosted a teddy bears picnic to launch the initiative. We had balloons🎈, prizes 🎁, food 🍉, songs 🎼. The children even got to meet Snow White! "It's thanks to the charity that we can do nice things for the children like these parties and other fun things to make their time here as stress-free as possible," adds Claire.
#royalmarsden #children #bears #teddybear #marsdenbears #picnic #snowwhite #play #feelgood

Huge congratulations to our runners for completing The London Marathon

And a big thank you for your hard work and dedication.

The work we fund is revolutionising cancer treatment, but it really wouldn’t be possible without people like you
#teammarsden #londonmarathon #royalmarsden

This is it #teammarsden 😃

We'll be cheering you on from the sidelines 📣👏👍 #londonmarathon #royalmarsden #goodluck #thankyou

"At The Royal Marsden, the work the charity funds is revolutionising cancer treatment in the UK and makes a positive difference to the lives of people all over the world with cancer. I feel immense pride working for such an institution for 19 years and for the NHS for last 20 years .The training has been hard work but seeing the support from friends and colleagues and being able to raise money for such a worthwhile cause is a huge motivation.”
Maureen Carruthers ran her last marathon over 10 years ago and tomorrow she’ll swap her matron outfit for a charity vest to take part in the #LondonMarathon #TeamMarsden #royalmarsden #nurse #run

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