‘Out of 60 kids we have sent we have not lost a child yet’ – Alex’s treatment explained

Teddy comes too: Alex is set for his first appointment on Tuesday in America
Teddy comes too: Alex is set for his first appointment on Tuesday in America
0
Have your say

What’s in store for Alex Novakovic when he flies to Boston for treatment on Monday?

Alex has already undergone surgery and chemotherapy to tackle his cancer, but it is thought proton-beam therapy will give him the best chance of survival.

The treatment is unavailable in the UK but doctors in America believe they can cure the seven year old and the therapy has a 86% success rate.

This type of therapy means doctors can send proton beams to a particular tissue depth and then release their energy, meaning there is little radiation damage to tissue surrounding the tumour and fewer side effects.

Mike Hyman, founder of Kids ‘n’ Cancer, the charity supporting Alex’s appeal, said: “It’s the most amazing treatment.

“Out of 60 kids we have sent to have it we have not lost a child yet.”

As well as paying for the treatment, the £255,000-plus which people from Aylesbury raised for Alex is needed for flights and any aftercare that he may require, such as additional medication.

Mr Hyman urged that people should continue to donate money as the final bill could end up being much higher.

He said: “If this boy has to go into intensive care that costs another $10,000 a night. If he goes in there for a while the bill could end up being another £100,000.

“This little boy is not out of the woods yet, people need to understand that.”

Any money raised in addition to the £255,000 that is not used to help Alex will be used by Kids ‘n’ Cancer to support another child who is in a similar situation.