Eddie returned home after a hill-walking holiday in the US Appalachian mountains in 2004. He felt great. But two days later there was frank blood in his urine. He knew there was something seriously wrong. He drove to Beaumont Hospital and was seen in the A and E Department. Tests later showed he had a large (10.5cm) cancer in his right kidney. After removal of his kidney and the tumour he was cancer-free for 6 years. In May 2010, while he was preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity, his cancer recurred in 3 separate sites. He started treatment on a new drug, developed from biobanked cancer tissue samples. This drug blocks the supply of blood and nutrients to cancer tissue. Eddie has been very well for over 5 years since starting on the new drug, and his scans now show no evidence of cancer.
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