A Ilkeston dad who is battling cancer is hoping for a cure as he undergoes a rare treatment that he was originally told he was not eligible to have on the NHS.
Jamie Cragg, 30, of Thorpe Street, Cotmanhay, was told he had terminal bowel cancer last July and has been undergoing treatment since.
He has now been approved for Hipec treatment, which will take place on Friday at Christie Hospital in Manchester, one of only two places in the country that carry out the operation.
The major operation will take all day and will involve chemotherapy being delivered directly to cancer cells in the abdomen.
He then faces a long recovery but is looking to the future with plans to marry his girlfriend Lisa on August 14.
He said: “Doctors said that nine out of ten people wouldn’t have made it this far. Now I have a 30-40 per cent chance of a cure, It’s the first time anyone has mentioned a cure.”
Jamie will then have to stay in hospital for up to four weeks, with the recovery expected to take around 12 weeks.
Doctors gave him just a weekend to decide whether he wanted the treatment. He said: “I didn’t need to think about it, I had no other choice.”
Jamie was taken off chemotherapy after a reaction to his PICC line. He said: “A few weeks later I had a phone call from Manchester about the Hipec. Because I had already come off the chemotherapy I didn’t have to wait to have it.”
He said he is glad that he researched Hipec as this is what led to his consultant putting his name forward for the treatment.
Two events are being held to raise money to enable Jamie’s family to stay in Manchester while he recovers from his surgery. The first will be a charity football competition at Kirk Hallam Community Centre on Sunday (March 29) from 11.30am. Teams are welcome to play.
The second will be a golf day at Erewash Valley Golf Club on July 1. People can buy tickets or sponsor a hole. A auction will also be held. For more information call Elaine on 01159 300242.