Doctors gave him only one year
Miracle cure saves Briton’s life after cancer diagnosis
Doctors told Robert Glynn, who was suffering from cancer, that he would die in twelve months. Over a year later, the Brit is doing better than ever. He is healthy. How is that possible?
Robert Glynn was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in June 2020. Offshoots had already affected other organs. Usually a death sentence.
Nicola AbtRingier journalism student
One day before his 49th birthday, Robert Glynn (51) received the shock diagnosis. bile duct cancer. Severe shoulder pain and sleep problems forced him to see a doctor. When examined in June 2020, it was found that the cancer had already spread to the adrenal gland and liver. The tumors were too big for surgery.
“I asked my doctor to be honest and tell me how long I have to live,” he told the Guardian. Your answer? “Twelve months.” According to US studies, only two percent of people survive bile duct cancer if it has already spread to other organs.
The Cancer League writes on its website that around 370 people in Switzerland develop cancer in the gallbladder or bile ducts every year. The bile ducts are small tubes that connect the liver, gallbladder, and small intestine. After eating, they release bile into the intestines, helping to digest fat.
Doctors couldn’t believe it
Robert Glynn was placed at Christie Hospital in Manchester. One of the largest cancer treatment centers in Europe. This is where the cancer miracle for the welder began. Analysis of the tumor revealed that it had a high mutational load. This made him a suitable candidate for a clinical trial with an immunotherapy drug. The doctors do not reveal which drug the Briton was treated with, as the studies are not yet complete.
Immunotherapy helps the immune system recognize and attack cancer cells. The study ran parallel to standard chemotherapy – and it worked. The tumors in his body got smaller and smaller. “It’s a miracle,” said one nurse. The tumor in his liver shrank from 12 cm to 2.6 cm, while his adrenal gland tumor shrank from 7 cm to 4.1 cm. But Glynn doesn’t want to know anything about a “miracle”. “I don’t like that word – I’m just a normal guy. But it’s remarkable.” Doctors see it that way too.
And finally, the doctors found only dead tissue. There were no more new cancer cells. “They tested the tumors twice because they couldn’t believe it,” Glynn said. By now the tumors were small enough to rid the man of the pests in his body.
“A kick in the butt”
In April 2021, the Briton went under the knife. The operation went without complications. Since then he has not had to undergo any further treatment. An inspection takes place every three months. And the tests show: Glynn is currently cancer-free. “Without the study, I wouldn’t be here anymore,” he clarifies.
The cancer shock that hit him the day before he turned 49 turned out to be a tempted birthday present. “It was the kick in the butt I needed to change my life.” Among other things, Glynn changed his diet. During the healing process, he learned that being overweight increases the risk of cancer. He now avoids all processed foods, refined sugar and dairy products. He feels fantastic and has already lost five kilos. He appreciates life more than ever.