Berwick resident, Cedric Wilson, was first diagnosed with Lymphoma in early 2014, after he started losing weight. Ironically his wife, Sheila, had recently recovered from breast cancer. In October 2014 he fractured his spine and was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.
Cedric began his treatment locally with different drug combinations. However, in 2017 his Oncologist suggested a clinical trial. Fortunately, Cedric was accepted into a myeloma clinical trial at St Vincent’s in October 2017.
“I was very lucky to get on the trial. Associate Professor Hang Quach is absolutely fabulous, she not only treats my cancer but she also makes drug adjustments, to manage any side effects, which improves my general wellbeing. The Cancer Centre nurses, reception staff, and pharmacy are amazing, they’re all so caring and empathetic. After two-and-a-half years of treatment at St Vincent’s, they’ve become like my second family. They make sure the whole process is totally stress free,” Cedric said.
Despite living with cancer and requiring treatment three weeks out of every month, Cedric feels very lucky. “My wife, family and friends have all been so wonderful. I was diagnosed when aged 75 and didn’t think I’d see my 80th birthday – that was certainly a special celebration. I really have a good life and appreciate the love and care I’ve been given.”