Scientists intrigued by Strabane man’s treatment for cancer

Professor Tony McHale (left) and Professor John Callan (right) from the University of Ulster. Both Professor McHale and Professor Callan undertake research in the university’s Pharmacy Department on Photodynamic and Sonodynamic Therapy.

THE case of Strabane man Joseph (Joe) McGarrigle, currently recovering from a deadly form of cancer, could prove pivotal in the development of treatments in Northern Ireland.

Mr  McGarrigle recently returned from China’s Next Generation Clinic where he received cutting edge treatment for a particularly aggressive form of nasopharyngeal cancer. Since under-going several bouts of Photodynamic Therapy specialists have confirmed his tumour as either ‘dead’ or dying’.

It is less than a year since the 31-year-old was given just months to live because of his advanced condition.
Now scientists here say they are intrigued by the turnaround that has given Mr McGarrigle a second chance at life.

Strabane man Professor John Callan is chair in Pharmaceutical Science in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Ulster. He said the results from Mr McGarrigle’s treatment appear dramatic and have created significant discussion among those involved in this type of cancer treatment in Northern Ireland.


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