Colin Carroll, a 62-year-old compliance consultant from near Loughborough, agreed to take part in the trial after being diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in January.
"The diagnosis came as a big shock because I'd had no symptoms apart from some occasional cramps," said Colin.
"I'd had a few tests which had come back clear and I'd just been booked for a CT scan when I was rushed to hospital with a suspected intestinal blockage."
Scans showed Colin had bowel cancer which had spread to his liver and, three days after being admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary, he underwent an emergency ileostomy to bypass the blockage.
"It's been like a whirlwind," said Colin who will need to undergo chemotherapy until mid-August. "To have something creep up on you like that when you have absolutely no control over it really makes you want to fight back. That's why I had no difficulty in agreeing to take part in the trial.
"I've met some amazing people since January and my treatment on the NHS has been fantastic. The way I see it is that I'm being given the best possible chance so in that sense I feel very fortunate."
Dr Joanna Reynolds, Cancer Research UK's director of centres, said: "The Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres Network supports research into some of the most novel and exciting new anti-cancer therapies, often providing the first insights into their effect on cancer patients. By doing a clinical trial like this we will find out more about the potential benefits of taking large amounts of curcumin, as well as any possible side effects this could have for cancer patients."
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University of Leicester