Our founder Paul Finch was diagnosed with stage 3 nearly 4 colorectal cancer with probable secondary to lung in Jan 2014. As a result of his treatment at the Royal Marsden, he overturned a 10% chance of making it 5 years to 99% full recovery without major life changing bowel surgery with thanks to the expertise of the teams at the Royal Marsden. He has established Red Trouser Day to fund research in this very challenging and quite often taboo field. His story is often cited as an inspiration for others, in particular how it is possible to take on one of life's major challenges in the face of tremendous adversity and remain positive throughout. He had several runs of chemotherapy, 6 weeks of radiotherapy, a major lung operation and within 12 weeks of the end, despite numb feet, promptly walked up Ben Nevis in the snow with his two sons. All possible as a result of the expertise of the Royal Marsden.
Paul's mission is to create an annual fun event to raise awareness & funds to support The Royal Marsden Hospital in specific targeted research with an initial focus on:
- Initial Blood Tests - We are helping the global leaders to create early detection methods. Presently it is very hard to detect colorectal cancer until it is quite advanced.
- Help fund technological improvements including robotics in the operating theatre
- Help kick start a fund to support anxiety and create support for patient communities.
Professor Paris Tekkis is the lead for Colorectal surgery and research at The Marsden and it is Paris's ground breaking work that has inspired Paul and his team to raise funds for Research. Paris of course has a team which also include other leading consultants like Shanu Rasheed.
- Laparoscopic and robotic colon and rectal cancer
- Locally advanced and recurrent colorectal cancer
- Anal cancer / squamous cell carcinoma
- Pelvic gastrointestinal stromal tumour (gist) surgery
- Cancer and inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis/Crohn's disease)