Widower's search for cancer cure takes surprising turn

BRENT WITTMEIER - 19 November 2019

Powel Crosley lost his wife to cancer 10 years ago. Now, he could be on the cusp of a breakthrough in treating the disease.

When his wife died of a rare ovarian cancer 10 years ago, Powel Crosley vowed to find a cure. Despite a lack of scientific training at the time, he is now within sight of the first ever clinical test for a treatment.

The 66-year-old will graduate tomorrow with a master's degree in oncology from the University of Alberta. In the near future, his work could be the basis for a clinical trial of a new treatment for granulosa cell tumour (GCT).

"When you sit down and start looking back at everything, so much is just serendipity," Crosley said. "It just happened. Crazy."

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