WHEN Patricia Marriott was told her cancer was terminal she defiantly told nursing staff that she was too young to die.

The news that, despite having endured numerous operations and treatment for cancer, there was nothing more that could be done to save her was devastating.

Now 76, the mum-of-one's journey with cancer first began 11 and a half years ago, with a break of four and a half years where she almost allowed herself to believe it had gone.

But then came the news it was back.

Patricia, a grandmother who lives in Warsash, said: "It was like it had erupted, that's the thing that is really quite frightening. The speed of the thing, you could see it every day taking you over."

But Patricia is here today, thanks to immunology treatment and a clinical trial which has produced unbelievable results.

She is one of dozens to have benefited from the groundbreaking treatment.

The immunotherapy treatment being developed uses the body's "Killer T" cells to destroy cancerous cells.

And there are hopes it could be a real breakthrough in the battle against cancer, which kills 150,000 people in the UK every year.

She is now cancer free and living an active life, relishing each new day.

The pensioner is busy spending her time gardening, baking, cycling and even doing ballet, in belief that people should embrace every day they have and keep themselves in good shape.

She said: "Some people think trials are not a good idea but if you are facing the prospect of dying anyway, then there is nothing to lose. You have to grab it, go for it, take the chance.

"Nobody gave up on me. They became like my family. It had its name of excellence for very good reasons.

"The medical staff go to the ends of the earth to find the right combination of therapies to give patients like me a second chance. That was their promise to me. Now the possibilities to live life to the full are endless."