A MAN told he had terminal cancer has made a near-miraculous recovery after an innovative new treatment.

Donald Cheetham was diagnosed with cancer of the lungs, liver, brain, lymph nodes, spleen, bones and skin - and his family told to prepare for his death.

But, after immunotherapy treatment at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, he began to improve and his latest scans show no sign of cancer left in his body.

His family have given their heartfelt thanks to hospital staff for saving his life.

Daughter Angie Crump said: “Without this treatment we wouldn’t have a dad and a husband anymore. Without the doctors and the support of hospital staff we wouldn’t have a dad and husband anymore. Without the support of our fantastic family and friends we wouldn’t have a dad and husband anymore. Thank you Worcestershire Royal, for giving us our dad and husband back.”

Mr Cheetham, from Pershore, was diagnosed in 2016 by his GP following an appointment for what Mr Cheetham believed was a urine infection.

Scans ordered by his GP revealed a large tumour on his lung, with the cancer also having spread to his liver and spleen.

Doctors told Mr Cheetham this was likely to be terminal as the disease had spread too far to be treated effectively.

Mrs Crump said: “His GP was very supportive and called in St Richard’s Hospice to help with the support and discuss any future care needs. They helped our family prepare for losing our dad, and for our mum, Sylvia, for losing her husband of 49 years.”

Mr Cheetham was told chemotherapy was not an option for treating his cancer, but an innovative new treatment called immunotherapy could be the best way forward.

Immunotherapy uses drugs to re-programme the immune system into attacking cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

Initially Mr Cheetham suffered side effects but, soon, his family noticed an improvement.

Mrs Crump said: “Suddenly he began to improve, each day he became stronger and stronger, no one could believe the speed of the recovery.

"Doctors put the radiotherapy on hold to allow the progress of the immunotherapy to continue. And then scans began to show that the cancerous nodules on the brain were gone, and they were shrinking elsewhere too.”

Mr Cheetham completed his immunotherapy treatment last year and is currently cancer-free.

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