“It was April Fools’ Day in 2014 when they told me that I had terminal cancer. I was told that without treatment I had six months and with treatment probably eight. A part of me was saying just do nothing. But family and the doctors said you never know what might happen in that time.”
Norm Campbell had led an active and normal life. Whether it was a 10km walk or a 20km cycle, Norm enjoyed being in the outdoors and keeping fit. He even participated in the City2Surf event after having open-heart surgery! There was no stopping Norm. Most importantly, Norm is a loving husband, father, and grandfather. But on 1 April 2014 everything changed when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
“I was having a good time and trying to keep fit. Then one day I went to the doctor and my life completely changed. They told me I had between six and eight months to live. But I’m still here and I’m so grateful.”
Norm is one of many patients taking part in a clinical trial at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. The clinical trials program is a vital part of our model of care that puts the patient firmly at the centre of everything we do. By taking part in a clinical trial our patients gain access to some of the world’s newest lifesaving drugs and breakthroughs.
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is home to the largest cancer clinical trial programme in NSW. “I started my treatment at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse virtually when the hospital opened. I got on to this trial and have been on it for just over three years. The doctors, nurses and psychologist talked me into fighting on and that’s what I’m still doing. Every day is a bit of a challenge but I wake up and I’m so grateful. Before this I didn’t realise that life was so precious.”