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Newark family will celebrate their own Christmas miracle with news revolutionary cancer treatment is working




A family will celebrate their own Christmas miracle this year with the news that revolutionary cancer treatment is working.

After five rounds of chemotherapy mum and grandmother Anita Dickens, 68, was told her cancer had spread and she had just months to live.

However, family research discovered pioneering SIRT treatment, not available on the NHS, that could extend her life ­— but would cost £30,000.

Anika Dickens and her mum Anita. (43137297)
Anika Dickens and her mum Anita. (43137297)

Family, friends, work colleagues and Advertiser readers rallied to Anita’s aid to buy her precious time with her family.

To their joy, at the last visit to the London clinic, Anita was told the cancer ­— previously incurable by traditional methods ­— had shrunk to the point where it could be operated on and removed.

This gives Anita not just the months promised, but years.

Anika Dickens (left) and friends completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for her mum.
Anika Dickens (left) and friends completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for her mum.

Daughter Anika said: “The doctors said it should be curable ­— nobody, but nobody, has ever been able to say that before.

“It’s what we could never really even dream would happen.

“I have to say a massive thank you to you all. It’s just a shame that I can’t do any more than say the words (because of coronavirus). What I’d like to do is throw you all the biggest party.

“A lot of people saw our appeal in the Advertiser and donated. We raised over £21,000 from that appeal and the sponsored walk that me and my friends did.

Left to right: Anika, Anita, Edward and Brian Dickens.
Left to right: Anika, Anita, Edward and Brian Dickens.

“That generosity we never expected and that alone made mum’s eyes light up. I don’t think she could understand or believe it.

“This is the best news of 2020 and I hope people will take heart from it ­— we wanted more time with mum and you’ve given it to us.

“The doctors told us to just go and celebrate Christmas and they would see her again afterwards, and that is just what we’re going to do.”



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