Toddler diagnosed with cancer after his mother refused to believe he was simply constipated is given the all-clear thanks to wonder drug
Oliver Lee was taken to hospital by his parents suffering from stomach painDoctors suggested he had constipation but his mother Sophie insisted it was something more seriousAn MRI scan revealed four tumours caused by the rare muscle cancer rhabdomyosarcomaHe underwent nine cycles of chemotherapy and was put on an international drug trial for the wonder drug Avastin
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Ollie, pictured in hospital in December 2011 (l) and August 2012 (r) went through nine cycles of chemotherapy
Team Ollie: Sophie and Simon raised money for the Queen's Medical Centre where Oliver was being treated
Sophie, 38, said: 'Our whole world fell apart, I can still remember the consultant telling us the news. It was awful.
'I thought our world had ended – my legs gave way with shock. It was a bit of a lottery whether he would get accepted on to the drug trial.
'We knew there was not a lot known about this drug, but we thought it was worth a shot.
'We were really pleased that he got on it, we wanted to give him the best chance possible.'
Ollie went through nine cycles of intensive chemotherapy and the new cancer drug eradicated most the tumours in his body and reduced the one on his prostate down to 1cm. Further focused radiotherapy saw that cancer disappear as well.
His consultant Professor David Walker said: 'The results of the drug are yet to be collated, but Oliver was able to reap the benefits of being part of that research.
'The Government invested heavily into research so that cancer sufferers have the best opportunity to have the best cancer drugs available.'
What a difference a year makes: Oliver pictured in December 2011 during chemotherapy and today
VIDEO Toddler Oliver undergoing treatment for cancer in 2011
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