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2015年12月23日 (水)

the service will help many other children.

He's very much looking forward to Christmas and we couldn't be prouder of the way he has taken it all in his stride."

 

His doctors are hopeful that his cancer treatment will shrink his brain tumour, a type of tumour called a glioma.

 

Dr Sheila Lane, a consultant at the John Radcliffe, said: "These tumours can possibly be cured with intensive chemotherapy. Patients can have a long and happy life without any problems."

 

The NHS does not fund the freezing of testicular or ovarian tissue needed to let patients have their own children.

 

But a cash donation from fertility firm IVI has helped create a national service for England and Wales, housed at the hospital in Oxford.

 

Dr Lane hopes the service will help many other children.

 

Each year in the UK there are around 1,500 new cases of childhood cancer in people under 15. And cancer treatment leaves around one in 10 infertile.

 

Kate Lee of CLIC Sargent, the children and young people's cancer support charity, said: "Every year, thousands of parents who receive the devastating news that their child has cancer can then face additional worries that their child's life-saving treatment could leave them unable to have their own family.

 

"Although at this early stage it is difficult to predict how successful this new technique will be, it is certainly a fantastic opportunity for the DR REBORN young boy and family involved, and a positive step forward."

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