New blow for Burnley cancer battler who vows to see daughter start school (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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New blow for Burnley cancer battler who vows to see daughter start school
Tom Cooper had hoped to trial a new drug, but had to cancel those plans as he now faces radiotherapy treatment
THE wife of a terminally-ill Burnley man has spoken of her devastation after she was told he has just ‘six to 12’ months to live.
Dad-of-two Tom Cooper, 26, who suffers from a rare form of throat cancer, was rushed to the Christie Hospital, in Manchester, last week after a severe bout of vomiting.
But he has vowed to battle through the latest setback to see his youngest daughter, three-year-old Ziani, start school next September.
Mr Cooper, from Lowerhouse, got news that the cancer – nasopharyngeal carcinoma – had spread to his brain, neck, collar bone, lymph nodes, chest and lungs just days after he hosted a birthday party for his eldest daughter Tienna, six.
He had been due to meet a consultant on Monday, with a view to trialling an unknown new drug, but had to cancel those plans as he now faces a course of radiotherapy treatment.
His wife Tammy, 25, said her husband has been ‘suffering in silence’ for the past few days, unable to talk due to severe chest and head pains.
She said: “We’re just concentrating on having some good-quality family time at the minute.
“It’s devastating because he was supposed to be the perfect candidate for this trial drug, and now he can’t do it.
“The brain scan results show a tumour for definite, and he’s now waiting to hear from the specialists if he will need tablets to slow the growth down, or if he will need full head radiotherapy.”
In July, the family re-visited Lanzarote, where Tom first found a lump in his neck in October 2011. Mr Cooper, who earlier this year drew up a ‘bucket list’ of 30 things he wants to do before he dies, has now ticked eleven of those boxes.
He said: “I am a man of few words and, although I feel all of the symptoms, I get on with everyday life and I try very hard never to complain.
“I look at my girls, and that hurts me more than any illness.”
A new fundraising drive has been launched to help him achieve the rest of his dreams.
Donations can be made at http://gogetfunding.com/project/miles-for-tom.
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