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Cancer Patient Stories, Participant Stories, TROG Cancer Research
Patient Stories

People are at the heart of our mission at TROG Cancer Research

Personal cancer patient stories shared by participants in our trials shed light on what being a trial participant involves. 

We are grateful to all those who have shared their experiences to help educate patients considering becoming part of a trial, their families, and other interested parties.

Charlie's Story

Charlie Sanders, diagnosed with inoperable kidney cancer, participated in the TROG 15.01 FASTRACK II Clinical Trial, aiming to control the cancer using high-intensity radiation therapy while minimising kidney function impact.

Bob's Story

Bob was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) of the neck in 2012. He was happy to be part of the TROG POST trial. “I’m a big believer that helping someone else is a good thing,” he said.

John's Story

John was one of the first patients to sign-up to the TROG SPARK trial. Diagnosed with prostate cancer, John said the reduced number of hospital visits required was a key attraction.

Yolanda's Story

Yolanda was diagnosed with DCIS. Due to her family history, it was a diagnosis she was always expected but never hoping for. Now, she is stronger for it. 

Robert's Story

Robert, who hails from New Zealand and was diagnosed with prostate cancer just prior to his 65th birthday. He decided to participate in the TROG 0803 (RAVES) trial.

Dave's Story

Dave is from Pinjarra, Western Australia. After a diagnosis of throat cancer last year, Dave joined the TROG 12.03 (EAT) trial.

Tanya's Story

Tanya is from Newcastle, NSW. A shock breast cancer diagnosis led the mother-of-four to join the TROG 0806 (STARS) trial. 

Viv's Story

Viv was diagnosed with secondary lung cancer last year, the grandfather was determined not to let it derail his plans for the future.

Bev's Story

Bev is from the Hunter Valley, NSW. A diagnosis of non-hodgkin lymphoma put her positive outlook on life to the test.

Cancer Patient Stories, Participant Stories, TROG Cancer Research

The RAVES trial treating prostate cancer

James's Story

Participating in a clinical trial, like the TROG Cancer Research RAVES trial, often means more than just accessing new technology that could increase treatment and quality of life outcomes. For people like James, it’s about using an understandably challenging situation to help others.

Vic's Story

Vic took part in TROG trial 08.01 (PROFIT) for prostate cancer patients. The PROFIT trial found that an eight-week course of radiation could be compressed safely into a four-week course, making the process quicker and more convenient for patients.

Lesley's Story

Lesley signed up for the TROG trial 06.02 (APBI) for breast cancer patients. The APBI trial tested whether partial breast irradiation could be given using a new technique called 3D conformal radiation therapy.

Carol's Story

Carol participated in TROG trial 07.01 (DCIS) for breast cancer patients. In this trial, doctors are looking for better ways to treat people with DCIS by testing whether an additional dose of radiation called a boost improved the chances of the cancer not returning to the breast.

Sydney's Story

Like Vic, Sydney also took part in TROG trial 08.01 (PROFIT) for prostate cancer patients. The PROFIT trial helped cancer patients by condensing their treatment into just four weeks.