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In February 2001, Birmingham businessman Graham Hampson Silk was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), aged just 41, after having an MRI scan to investigate a niggling knee injury.
Graham says: “Everything had been going fantastically. I was enjoying life and my wife was expecting our third child. I couldn’t have been happier.
My diagnosis came out of the blue. Instead of having a white blood cell count of less than 10, it was over 100.
My brother was not a close enough match for me to have a transplant and I was given three years to live which was absolutely devastating. I just said ‘That’s not enough, I’ve got young children.’
I had been referred to Professor Charlie Craddock at University Hospital Birmingham and one day, six months after I had been diagnosed, he had some great news. He told me that he had managed to secure three places on a clinical trial for a promising drug being trialled in the US called ST1571. Two had been taken but I could have the last place.
Getting on a clinical trial saved my life. It’s now been 12 years since I was diagnosed, which is time I didn’t think I had.”
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