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Scots man cancer-free after experimental treatment welcomes £3.9m funding boost

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A Scots man who is cancer-free after taking part in a clinical trial has welcomed £3.9 million in funding to help further developments in treating the 'insidious' disease.

Jim McCallum, 76, from Paisley, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2017 after going to the doctor and hoping he would be told it was a "harmless lump".Mr McCallum's cancer did not respond well to treatment but, in 2020, he was able to take part in the CAR T-cell therapy clinical trial at the Glasgow Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) in 2020 and is now cancer free.

The centre is set to receive about £2.2 million to help doctors develop new cancer treatments for both adults and children, while Edinburgh's ECMC will receive about £1.7 million in funding over the next five years.Mr McCallum said: "The day I was told it was cancer shook me to the core.

I think I had known but you always hope that they tell you it's just a harmless lump."That was the worst day, being told I had cancer."In 2018, Mr McCallum went for chemotherapy, but the cancer did not respond well and he was told it had spread.

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