A LEUKAEMIA sufferer that has been the face of a News Telegraph campaign to encourage people to sign up to give blood and research bone marrow donation has been told she is in remission.
Katherine Sinfield, the wife of News Telegraph editor Stephen Sinfield, is celebrating the news at home with her husband, as her long road recovery reaches a crucial and positive stage.
The 33-year-old, who lives in Burton-on-Trent, has been crossing her fingers for this day ever since she underwent a bone marrow transplant last year when doctors said it was the only way for her to survive cancer.
Mr Sinfield, who has been away from his duties at the News Telegraph for nearly a year to help care for Katherine, made an appeal through the News Telegraph to ‘help save his wife’.
It became the launch of a campaign which Katherine became the public face of and people in the town got behind it by raising money, donating stamps and jumble for a jumble sale and, more importantly, signing up to give blood and join the bone marrow register.
Katherine said: “All of the early results show that my leukaemia is now in remission.
“Results from the bone marrow biopsy taken around the 100-day marker, along with detailed blood tests, show that I am clear of leukeamia and in remission – this is the first time since diagnosis that I have been clear of the condition.
“It’s too early to pop the Champagne corks as further tests are still needed on the bone marrow biopsy, but it’s safe to say that the Champagne can go in the fridge to start chilling.
“The first two years following a transplant are important, as statistics show that if the leukaemia is going to return at any time, it is most likely to happen within the first two years.
“Once I reach the five-year remission milestone, it’s fairly safe to say that I am fully cured”.
Katherine is still suffering long-term side-effects caused by many doses of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and her stem cell transplant and is still a regular visitor to the hospital in Birmingham where she will have to call in frequently in the coming weeks for tests.