My name is Tommy Brennan and I am from Merseyside, England. I am 68 years old now. I live with my wife, Barbara, 2 sons, and a grandson.
In March 2012, I noticed some blood in my pee. The next day, I went to see my doctor. He did some tests including cystoscopy. I thought it is just a regular checkup and it might turn out to be just an infection or like that.
But I was wrong. The results showed a tumor in my bladder. I was terrified, but I had to go with the available treatments.
I had chemotherapy as well as surgery to remove the tumor. But it was worse than the doctors first though, cancer had spread deep into muscle tissues. My health was deteriorating day by day. All treatments had failed.
I Chose the Clinical TrialDoctors suggested 2 options to me. One involved a very complicated surgical procedure to remove my bladder and reconstruct it from the bowel. It sounded scary. The second option was to join a UK-funded Cancer Research clinical trial.
In my situation, both options had the same level of uncertainty. So I decided to go with the trial. It was called TUXEDO.
In the trial, I had chemotherapy every week, along with radiotherapy 5 days a week for 7 weeks. The doctors monitored me very closely.