• Telegraph review of ‘Curing Cancer’ on Channel 4

    ‘With the terrible statistic that cancer will affect one in four of us in the UK, it’s unsurprising that TV documentary-makers are investigating the subject constantly. However, Cutting Edge: Curing Cancer (Channel 4) proved to offer something very different, focusing on four patients trialling new techniques to combat the disease.

    Rightly, the fascinating scientific breakthroughs were allowed to dominate. Most remarkable was Debra Cox, whose lung tumours were tackled using microwaves. I watched in disbelief as a needle penetrated her lungs to reach the tumours – as she lay in the operating theatre, awake and breathing normally. Searching for an analogy to sum up the obvious skill involved, her surgeon, Dr Rowland Illing, eventually said: “It’s like trying to put a knitting needle through a marble”.’


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    Metro review of ‘Curing Cancer’

    A good review of the Channel 4 documentary ‘Curing Cancer, featuring Dr Rowland Illing treating lung metastases with microwave ablation can be found here


    Curing cancer cast

    Curing Cancer – Channel 4 Documentary

    Curing Cancer

    Channel 4, Wednesday 15th October 2014

    Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. From that life-changing moment the race is on to find a successful treatment before the disease gets too far. With unprecedented access to the new Macmillan Cancer Centre at University College Hospital, Curing Cancer follows four patients taking part in trials of some of the most advanced cancer treatments in the world.

    One of the patients featured in this documentary, Debra Cox, is treated and followed up by Dr Rowland Illing.

    The documentary trailer and several other patient stories can be found here

    The documentary can be followed on twitter #curingcancer #DrRow