A BOY who has been battling a life-threatening brain tumour has returned to his family and friends after a gruelling bout of hospital treatment.
Nine-year-old Cameron Angus is lucky to be alive after a routine eye test revealed an aggressive cancer growing inside him.
Cameron was taken by his father, James, to see an optician after the youngster complained of blurred vision and dizziness.
It was then that optician Andrew Keyes became a life-saver when he spotted swelling behind the schoolboy’s eyes, and Cameron, of Gosforth, Newcastle, was rushed to hospital for tests.
But after the end of 15 months of gruelling treatment, including weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, he is back home and enjoying spending time with his friends at West Jesmond Primary School, Newcastle.
Father-of-two James, 43, an estate agent, said: “It has been a very tough time for Cameron but it amazes me every day when I look at him and see how well he’s coped with everything. I can’t believe how well he’s doing after all he’s been through.
“He loves being back at school with his friends and in the last couple of weeks has been laughing a lot more. We were extremely lucky that Cameron’s brain tumour was picked up when it was.
“It was an aggressive tumour and it was going to get larger. Had it continued to go on undiagnosed then the outcome could have been very different.
“Cameron was a very sporting child and has been unable to play football and other physical sports. But he’s started climbing and is enjoying it.”
The youngster’s brain tumour was discovered last year, after which he had to have major surgery to remove the cancer.
But two weeks ago his parents, James and Sally, 43, and twin sister Olivia, got the news they were desperately waiting for as doctors said the schoolboy’s cancer had gone. He will continue to be monitored by consultants at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for up to seven years and will have regular MRI scans to check the tumour has not returned.
Mr Angus added: “The treatment he has received from Simon Bailey, consultant paediatric oncologist, and the rest of the team has been exceptional.
“If anyone is ever worried about a health issue then they need to get it checked out. It may be nothing, but if it is something more serious then it’s best to know about it as soon as possible so that appropriate treatment can be given.”
Optician Andrew, who owns Keyes Opticians on Ashburton Road, Gosforth, said: “Looking at the back of Cameron’s eyes showed marked swelling of the optic nerves, which is a classic sign of raised pressure in the brain and often caused by a brain tumour.
“The digital imaging system I have in the practice is particularly good at helping detect these sorts of changes. I was in no doubt this was a serious finding needing immediate action.
“I phoned Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and arranged for Cameron to be seen straight away by the paediatric team. I am delighted he was treated so quickly.”