Exmouth cancer sufferer’s treatment to be decided

CANCER sufferer Raymond O’Sullivan will travel to Amsterdam where he hopes to receive the next stage of his treatment.

After an intensive timetable of chemotherapy, the 12-year-old, of Green Close, Exmouth, will go to Holland before Christmas where his mum, Vanessa, will meet doctors to discuss his next programme of medical care.

Earlier this year, Raymond was diagnosed with orbital rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumour near his eye, for the second time in his life.

It is likely the youngster will be treated with Brachytherapy, a form of radiotherapy commonly used as an effective treatment for cervical, prostate, breast and skin cancer.

Vanessa said: “If all goes to plan with the meeting in Amsterdam, it could well be that we should be back over there again in the New Year for him to receive the therapy.

“I feel a bit more at ease and happier knowing that we are now going to speak to these doctors about the next stage.”

Raymond, an Exmouth Community College pupil, won a previous battle against the condition after he was first diagnosed in 2001.

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There is a chance long-term damage could be caused to his optic nerve as a result of any further radiotherapy. One of the likelihoods was his sight could be lost.

Speaking about the effects of his chemotherapy, Vanessa said: “He is maintaining his weight rather well although he is sleeping a lot more and is not as energetic as he used to be.”