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Cornwall Breast Cancer Mum: Medical Trial Like "Winning Lottery"

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8:03am 29th June 2014

Pirate FM has learnt a medical trial saved the life of a Cornish mum told she had breast cancer while she was still feeding her new born baby.

Jude Small from Truro was given up to two years to live with treatment.

That was three and a half years ago.

Jude said: "Really effective, really benign, didn't have any huge effect on me as a person, didn't change my life; I just felt that I'd won the lottery.

She added that the first diagnosis was terrifying: "They just sort of said we're going to have to give you some treatment, we're going to have to give it quickly and we're going to have to treat it very aggressively. My heart sank because I just thought I'm going to go through hell and back. I'm going to go through hell, this is going to be awful and I've got a baby I need to look after."

It comes as figures seen by Pirate FM show Cornwall is leading the way on medical trials.

Around 140 were recruiting for patients in the last year and almost two thousand took part.

Numbers in the Duchy are among the highest in the UK.

Johnathan Sheffield, a researcher at NICE, told Pirate FM: "When you talk to patients there's a level of altruism why they volunteer to be involved in research. But once they're involved they do feel that sense of empowerment, they begin to get some control of the condition they're having to battling with

"The level of attention and care they get is enhanced because we need to get the evidence from the new products and new treatments we're delivering to the patients and so I think they feel better supported in some respects. So, you could almost say there's an advantage in being involved in research."

8:03am 29th June 2014

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