Douglas Clarke and Dr Adrian Bloor
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Trial leukaemia drug 'saved my life'

A grandfather, who was given two years to live after being diagnosed with leukaemia, is in remission after taking a new trial drug.

Douglas Clarke, from Stoke-On-Trent, was one of 100 patients chosen by The Christie Hospital to trial the drug ABT-199, while he was waiting for a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Just three weeks after taking the tablets, consultant haematologist Dr Adrian Bloor told Mr Clarke that he was in remission and could live for another 30 years.

The 59-year-old, who is now looking forward to spending time with his family, told BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire: "It's like winning the lottery."

  • 12 May 2014
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