WEB REVIEW – Funds sought for brain cancer boy

Jamie Green, a 13-year-old boy, has been diagnosed with a highly aggressive type of cancer called medulloblastoma, which may have spread to his spine. His family are trying to raise 250.000 pounds for treatment in the US.

Jamie was diagnosed in July and had immediate surgery in Oxford to remove the tumor, which was more than 4cm in size. Now, he needs state-of-the-art proton therapy, a type of treatment that targets cancerous cells more precisely than traditional radiotherapy, causing less damage to surrounding tissue and fewer side effects. Some very rare cancers including tumors affecting the base of skull or spine can especially benefit from it.

Jamie’s mother, Anita Green, 40, and father, Steve Purvey, 44, are now trying to raise £250,000 to get him proton therapy in America, as the treatment plan has been refused by the NHS. An appeal was made directly to the funding panel at NHS England by the charity Kids ‘n’ Cancer but they have also been told the tumor type does not meet the criteria.

To help raise the money, Jamie’s godfather has organized a comedy and sporting event, and Mr Birchmore and Rob Dore of the charity Boys Beating Cancer have organized Jamie’s Sporting Chance black tie dinner. Mr Birchmore said: “We so urgently need to raise money to give Jamie the very best chance of beating this vicious brain tumor. We have had a tremendous amount of support from friends, family and strangers but we need more.”

The UK Government announced earlier this year that £250 million is being committed to hospitals in Manchester and London to deliver proton beam therapy. From 2018, it will be offered to up to 1,500 cancer patients per year at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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