The hospital discovered that Aarin had a 12 cm tumour in his abdomen. The cancer had also spread to his bones and bone marrow. Little Aarin has gone through some of the most gruelling treatment any child can take. He has received 13 doses of chemotherapy, radiotherapy on the tumour, surgery, MIBG therapy – a type of radioactive chemotherapy – and high dose chemotherapy over a period of 18 months to conquer this deadly disease. He has made remarkable progress against all odds.
The cancer was eradicated from his bones and bone marrow and his tumour was reduced to less than 4 cm with mostly dead neuroblastoma cells. However, the biggest risk to Aarin’s long term survival is if the cancer returns, as there is no curative treatment if that happens. There is a very high risk of relapse but immunotherapy treatment has given him the best chance possible, and his doctors recommended that Aarin receives this.
Unfortunately this potentially life saving treatment was not available for him in this country and he had had to travel to Germany to receive it. The treatment aims to prevent relapse and is Aarin’s best chance for long term survival. Over a period of 6 months Aarin completed his treatment.
The NHS would not agree to cover the £80,000 costs which was funded by the NCCA. You can still make a donation for Aarin’s appeal or organise a fundraising event to raise money for Aarin and other children like him. Every donation helps, no matter how small.