Brave Clare’s cancer battle hits Right note

Clare Callaghan with Dr Allan Jordan, Head of Chemistry at the Drug Discovery Unit in the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and the charity's North West Senior Nurse, Clare Dickinson
Clare Callaghan with Dr Allan Jordan, Head of Chemistry at the Drug Discovery Unit in the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and the charity's North West Senior Nurse, Clare Dickinson
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WHEN Clare Callaghan heard the words “you have cancer,” her life changed in ways she could never have imagined.

The Hawkley Hall 34-year-old was plunged into a life revolving around hospital appointments and was also robbed of the chance to have children.

Highlighting the reality of cancer - and all those who play a part in the support team - is what’s driving Clare to back Cancer Research UK’s new Right Now campaign.

The emotional TV, poster and radio campaign shows the reality of cancer for patients like Clare, their friends and family.

The powerful films – which show real patients in real-life moments – are a compelling call for everyone to take action right now in the battle against cancer.

Clare was diagnosed with endometrial cancer – cancer in the womb – in 2013, just four months after her dad, Roy, had been given the all-clear following a 10-year battle with a rare form of eye tumour.

Now she is saying a special thank you to Dr Allan Jordan and Clare Dickinson for all the work they do “right now” behind the scenes.

Clare first went to her doctor because of a 19-day heavy period which she had put down to steroids she was given after a severe asthma attack. But doctors found womb cancer. They had hoped she could be part of a medical trial to help save her fertility but scans revealed she needed a hysterectomy to save her life. She also underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and brachytherapy at The Christie.

The former Abraham Guest Academy pupil remains cancer-free but has suffered various side-effects including reduced mobility and still needs regular tests and check-ups.

Clare said: “My experience means I understand all too clearly why Cancer Research UK’s work is so important. And that’s why I’m backing the Right Now campaign. Across the UK, many people like me have to face their own cancer journey every day. I’m urging people across the North West to take action right now to help fund vital research which will help more people beat this devastating disease.”

North West Cancer Research UK senior nurse Clare Dickinson said: “Every day I see people whose lives are changed forever by the news that they have cancer. We need ongoing support for research which will help to develop new, better and kinder treatments.”

Dr Allan Jordan and his team at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute Drug Discovery Unit aim to discover and deliver ground-breaking new medicines to improve the lives of patients living with cancer.

He said: “Every day, around 110 people in the North West are diagnosed with cancer. We’re fighting Right Now to change those numbers.”

For details on how to help beat cancer sooner, visit www.cruk.org. To view the video visit www.wigantoday.net.