Success rate sits well with award


A local breast cancer patient is urging fellow sufferers to exercise. She spoke to Nick Mollet about how a combination of physical activity and positive thinking got her BREAST cancer research funded by Roger Allsopp’s Channel swim has yielded a 100% success rate. The 65-year-old, who has been crowned BBC South-West’s sports personality of the year, said he was thrilled that early results of tests carried out on a small sample were so positive

The results were beyond all expectations,’ he said.
‘The first landmark is that the blood specimens, which were donated by Guernsey women, lasted 38 years and withstood storage. The second landmark is that, knowing the cancer status of the patients, we have been able to differentiate the cancers from non-cancers into two distinctly separate groups.
‘The most important finding is that when the blood specimens were tested, the investigator tested seven cancers and seven non-cancers. Six samples that were blind-tested came out 100% correct.
‘It’s a 100% success on a small sample. It is significant and very exciting, but it needs to be validated,’ he said.
Mr Allsopp said that as the money raised from his swim was far more than the original target, the research could continue with other scientists in Southampton testing further blood samples.
‘At the same time, we are going to be looking at the patients who didn’t have cancer when they were tested but who went on to get cancer in a subsequent five-year period to see if there are any markers that we can identify that will give a clue to diagnosis before they developed clinical signs of cancer.’
Mr Allsopp said he was stunned to beat World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx to become sports personality of the year for his record-breaking swim.
‘I went to BBC Guernsey to meet Andy and was disappointed that he wasn’t there,’ said the retired surgeon. ‘I was really thrilled to win but people probably thought, “he’s an old fella and hasn’t got much longer so we’ll give him a vote”.’

GEP Article 6/12/2006

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