Cancer family gets good news at last

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Parents of an eight-year-old brain cancer sufferer danced with joy when they heard his tumour had shrunk and not spread to his spine.

Sharon and Steve Brewer, of Burton Latimer, shed tears of relief when scans showed son Jay’s brain tumour had shrunk from 3cm to 2cm after pioneering proton therapy and his spine, which previously showed signs of cancer, was clear.

Mrs Brewer, 41, of Grace Court, said: “It was overwhelming. Me and Steve were dancing round the kitchen crying.”

The double dose of good news is the first positive outcome since Jay left for the treatment in America in October 2010.

He has been left blind in one eye, obese and needing a wheelchair by the cancer.Emergency brain surgery in 2007 and 18 months of chemotherapy failed to stop the aggressive tumour growing and it initially expanded after he returned from the concentrated radiotherapy in Florida in January 2011.

But it has now shrunk to two-thirds the size it was before the treatment.

Doctors thought apparent abnormalities in Jay’s spine in a scan taken in November suggested the cancer had spread. But results from a more detailed scan in February showed the spine is clear.

The family are trying to keep their feet on the ground. They held an end of treatment party in October 2009 after scans suggested his tumour had gone.

But their world fell apart when a second scan the following April revealed the tumour had returned.

Mrs Brewer said: “Jay is not out of the woods yet.”