In a story as old as time itself...
Dan was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in early 2015 when he had a seizure while driving (thankfully he didn't collide with any other vehicles and completely unscathed). He was taken straight to A&E at Manchester Royal Infirmary where he was promptly given a brain scan where they found a 10cm tumour at the front of his brain.
Within 2 weeks, his brain was being operated on at Salford Royal by specialist neuro surgeon Ms K Karabatsou. Despite taking way longer than friends and family had been warned, the operation was a success. Hooray!
He was then handed over to Dr Tran at the Christie who put me straight on a 6 week course of radiotherapy. Shortly after he had completed this he had a scan which showed that the tumour had almost completely gone. YES!
However, fast forward two years. Dan had been having 6 monthly MRI scans at the Christie just to make sure that his recovery was going according to plan. Unfortunately, we were informed that in a short 6 month period, 2 new tumours had developed. 1 at the original site where he'd initially had one and the other at the back of my head on my cerebellum right by his brain stem, making it inoperable. The main one at the front was quite a lot more aggressive, a stage 4. DAMN!
So once again, within a fortnight Dan was shipped off Salford Royal with the ever skilful Ms Karabatsou to debulk my front tumour and then back to the Christie. This time he would have a combination of both radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Upon this second diagnosis, Dan and I (Jess, Dan's wife) started doing a lot more research into alternative therapies and treatments. Based on months of research, Dan went fully vegan, started a mainly alkaline diet and cut out caffeine, alcohol and gluten. JOY!
Through homeopathist Em Colley, who we'd already been in touch with through a close friend (thanks Lauren!!) and Yes to Life, we were recommended to consult with renowned cancer specialist Patricia Peat. In our first conversation with her, we were highly recommended a specialist cancer clinic abroad that use a strict regime of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, heat therapy, pure IVs of vitamin C/B17 etc and a unique method of using glucose suppressors to starve the cancer cells of any sugar. Once the cancer cells are fully starvacious, Dan would then have a very high dose of chemotherapy mixed with glucose. This would mean the cancer cells would devour both the glucose and chemotherapy making it so much more targeted than standard IV based chemo treatments. They have an 80% remission rate!
This compares to the frankly limited options given to Dan by the NHS of a minimum 12 month course of chemotherapy after he has finished his radiotherapy/chemotherapy combo that will give me a "prolonged quality of life". We don't want that, we want him to be cured!
Dan needs a lot of help from a lot of people to help him get to the specialised clinic(s) abroad and get the treatment he needs. Please get involved in anyway that you can!