Monday, December 26, 2011

Clinical Trials

The clinical trials currently open to recruitment are IBIS 2, NEO-EXCEL, EPHOS-B, BOLERO-3 and POETIC. More information on these trials is available from the Research Team on 01279 827396

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Friday, October 14, 2011


A charity swing dance has raised an impressive £27,000 to go towards extra research nurses for the breast cancer clinical trials unit at St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping, and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.
The event, in memory of keen fundraiser Kerrie Fitzjohn, from Harlow, who died in July aged 36, was organised by Amanda and Tim Barr, who live in Sawbridgeworth; Gill Gammage, from Elsenham, Mick Mahon, from Little Hadham and Janice Page, who lives in Hatfield Heath.

Fundraisers danced to big band Any Swing Goes led by band leader Glenn Dunn and enjoyed close-up magic from Fay Presto at the Manor of Groves Hotel, High Wych. 
Auction lots included lunch for two at Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant in Padstow,Cornwall, with a private plane there and back and dinner for six at the Chef’s Table at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s.

The Alexis Lewis Charity Challenge was launched on the night, which will see the person raising the most money for the cause receiving a special award at next October’s event.

Ashraf Patel, associate specialist in breast surgery at PAH, said: “Since April 2003 we have raised over £1million and these funds have been used to fund and conduct breast cancer clinical trials.”

Amanda, 48, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and given the all-clear in 2009, has raised more than £100,000 over the years. The mum-of-two said: “The swing ball was fantastic fun but also raised a tremendous amount for this very important cause. Thank you for all the donated prizes and to everyone that attended. The money raised will help them to appoint additional research nurses within the breast unit so that they can run more clinical trials.”

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Effect of Perioperative AntiHER-2 therapy on Early Breast Cancer Study - Biological phase (EPHOS-B)

EPHOS-B is a Phase III, multicentre, three arm, randomised controlled trial in women with HER2+ early breast cancer. The primary objective of the trial is to determine whether pre-operative treatment of HER-2 positive breast cancer patients with anti HER-2 therapy inhibits proliferation or increases apoptosis.The Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Team at St. Margaret's Hospital, Epping and PAH, Harlow are recruiting patients into this trial Details about this trial are at CancerHelp UK or by telephone 01279 827396.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


On March 4, 2011 the 4th annual 'Bollywood Nights' Ball was held at The Manor of Groves Hotel in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.  The evening was incredible, the food was delicious, the atmosphere and entertainment were spot-on and the spirit of giving was definitely in the air.
The food was catered by Laguna Restaurant  who have made it their pride and passion to ensure that each event they cater for is unique and to a high standard. This definitely shone through as you can see here. Thee food was delicious. 'You have to try the Lime Pickle, it's the best I've ever had' was overheard by several of the guests. 
The evenings entertainment was provided by Satyam Productions and consisted of singers, dancers musicians, henna tattooists, jewelry and bindi stalls. The team worked really well together and were essential in making everyone feel comfortable and setting the mood. Just like last year the dancers and singers could be found in the ladies restroom pinning saris to make sure everyone looked their best. As always, the dancing and singing were fantastic but the Dandiya Raas or also known as the 'Stick Dance' gave everyone a good laugh!

As much fun as the dancing, shopping, henna and casino was nothing got my heart pumping like the charity auction. We had some fantastic prizes this year but what was more impressive were the bids! We raised over £26,000 with more than half of that coming from the auction alone! A big 'Thank You' goes out to everyone who took part and congratulations to those who won.  This money means so much to us and to our work. Breast cancer research is constantly changing and evolving and without your generous donations and participation in our fundraising events we would not be able to help the, approximately, 350 new patients each year who benefit tremendously from our clinical trials.

Thanks again to the committee: Becky Fitzjohn, Kerrie Fitzjohn, Gary Ayliffe, Jean Judge, John Judge, Dinesh Patel and Ashraf Patel.