Joy after tests reveal Oscar is cancer free - The Evesham Observer

Joy after tests reveal Oscar is cancer free

Evesham Editorial 23rd Jan, 2020   0

BRAVE Oscar Saxelby-Lee and his family have been handed a huge boost in the youngster’s fight against T-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia with the news he is free of the disease.

Proud parents Olivia Saxelby and Jamie Lee shared the update on their Facebook page along with a video of the little boy who has captured the hearts of wellwishers in the city and beyond.

While the family are rejoicing at the news, the brave Pitmaston Primary School pupil has a number of hurdles ahead as he looks to win his fight against the savage form of the disease.

Olivia said: “Our Greatest News. From ‘his disease is too aggressive’ and starting palliative care to ‘MRD negative’. No disease detected.

“We know it’s early days and anything can happen especially with his bone marrow being flat, but for now we are celebrating the news that we never thought we would hear.

“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you for making this possible. We are so, so, so, so, soooooo proud.”

“Although Oscar still needs another bone marrow transplant and we are a long way off full recovery to come home, we are rejoicing at this magical time in our lives!

“Keep going darling boy, this is just the beginning,” she added.

Oscar and his family were supported by the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust in their fund-raising efforts to fund potentially life-saving Car-T cell treatment.

The five-year-old is only the second child in the world to receive this ground-breaking personalised treatment for T cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Up until now, it has only been available for children with the B-cell form of the disease.

Dr Jen Kelly, founder of the trust said: “For the first time since his diagnosis in December 2018, Oscar’s MRD (minimum residual disease) levels are zero per cent. This means that no leukaemia has been detected in his blood or bone marrow at all. The Car -T cell therapy has done exactly as it was hoped to do.

“Oscar still has a long way to go. Currently his bone marrow is not working well he has almost no immune system. He now needs to undergo a second bone marrow transplant as well as remaining cancer free before they can hope to return home.

“Thank you so much to everyone that has helped in any way to help give Oscar this chance,” she added.

Visit to watch the latest video shared by Oscar’s parents.

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