When Alfred Samuels was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he was told his prognosis was poor. 

In 2012, Alfred was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer which had already spread to his bones.   

As surgery wouldn’t have been effective, Alfred enrolled in the Cancer Research UK-funded STAMPEDE trial, which tested the drug abiraterone.

He responded well to the treatment and his cancer is stable. 

 “If it wasn’t for abiraterone, I don’t think I’d be here today,” he said. “Cancer Research UK spends money wisely, which is why I think they deserve people’s support.”  

He is now encouraging people to consider donating to Cancer Research so the charity can helps more people like him.

He said: "When I was first told I had prostate cancer, my first thought was to ask: ‘How long?’ Being told to think short term rather than long term completely deflated me, but it was even more difficult breaking the news to my wife and children.  

"To hear about the STAMPEDE clinical trial gave me hope. I want to say a huge thank you to people who support Cancer Research UK, from the bottom of my heart."

Alfred SamuelsAlfred Samuels (Image: Cancer Research UK)

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Last year 7,875 supporters pledged a gift in their Wills to Cancer Research UK and together they’ve helped to double cancer survival in the UK.

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