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Cancer Treatment in U.S.
FAMILY and friends of a courageous young Southsider who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer are raising funds to send the teenager to a U.S. clinic in a bid to save his life.
Last Christmas Sean Lyne, 19, from Crumlin, began to have problems with his vision. By the end of March he was diagnosed with a brain stem glioma astrocytoma, which is a very serious and inoperable aggressive cancer.
However, brave Sean, who had been studying nursing at the Inchicore College of Further Education and had planned to complete his degree in England, did not let the debilitating disease get in the way of his career goal.
He took his final exams on the morning that he began chemotherapy and radiation.
Every morning he sat his exams and in the afternoon he received his treatment.
His mother, Moira, is a trained nurse who worked at Tallaght Hospital before she started caring for Sean full time.
She explained how the disease suddenly impacted her son and how he has been treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and steroids.
“Around Christmas he started seeing lights,” she recalled. “And then in January he dropped his weights in the gym and he found that his left side was very weak. In March the doctor sent him to the hospital to make sure his eyes were okay, and it was in the eye and ear hospital on March 28 that we were told that he had the brain tumor.
“He had an operation and had to wait four or five weeks to let the incision heal. Then he started the radiation and chemotherapy. He would do his exams in the morning and go in for chemo in the afternoon.
“It has affected his whole left side including his legs and his arms. After he had the radiation treatment of 30 doses a month he got what you call brain necrosis and his brain became swollen. That affected his left so much he couldn't walk and we had to get a wheelchair for him.”
Despite these extraordinary challenges, Moira said Sean has since passed his FETAC course with flying colors and received his diploma last week.
“Sean is a very kind person and would help anyone out,” she added. “I have heard such nice stories about him since we have been doing this fundraising that I feel very proud to be his mother.”
The Lyne family is now trying to raise the €120,000 needed to send Sean to a hospital in Houston, Texas where they are developing treatment for his particular condition.
“There are three phases of clinical trials,” Moira explained. “Right now they are at phase two and they are ready to go into phase three when they have the money.
“I think about 40% of the results that they have had have been positive. In order to get into the trials in the first place you have to have had the radiation and tried chemotherapy.
“All the documentation has been given over and we have sent a sample of his brain to the Life Sciences Institute in America. We are hoping that Sean will start his treatment at the clinic in February.”
A number of fundraising initiatives are underway. To contact Moira Lyne email email@example.com.
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