A DETERMINED father from South Tyneside has gone abroad for pioneering cancer treatment – just weeks after doctors told him his condition was terminal.
Alan Dobson was told there was no cure for his cancer, which had spread to both his liver and his lungs, when he was diagnosed at the age of 31 four weeks ago.
But the father-of-two, who lives in Marina View, Hebburn, with wife Sharron, 33 and children Jessica, five, and Charlie, one , says he refuses to ‘roll over’ and be beaten by the disease.
He first sought medical help in November after developing a chronic cough, but doctors have not been to identify where the cancer started before it spread.
He is now at St George Clinic, in Bad Aibling, Germany, to complete hi-tech cancer treatment to bolster his immune system and give him a second shot at a full life.
The course of treatment costs about £25,000 – and a fundraising page set up by friend John Devlin to raise cash for the trip has raised a staggering £13,000 in just four days.
I want to beat cancer and then inspire other people to show that until you take your last breath you should explore all the options you have.Alan Dobson
Mr Dobson, who used to run his own building maintenance company, flew to Germany with close pal Michael Donnolly on Thursday night for an intensive course of treatment at the private clinic.
He will receive vitamin C injections to boost his immune system and whole-body hyperthermia treatment – which subjects cancer cells to high temperatures to shrink them ahead of chemotherapy.
Hyperthermia treatament is not available in the UK, but is used in parts of Europe.
Mr Dobson said: “It was daunting flying out to Germany. I did a lot of research but you don’t know what to expect. Four weeks ago the only thing I knew about cancer was how to spell it.
“But I have always been a positive person. I know how to fight and how to win.
“I am not an 80-year-old man who has all the memories of seeing their own children grow up and getting married. I am 31 and I won’t give up.
“I want to beat cancer and show that, until you have taken your last breath, you should explore all the options you have.
“Everything is curable. You just have to go about it the right way.”
Mr Dobson says he is grateful for every donation and kind word that he has received.
His wife Sharron said: “We still don’t know where the source of the cancer is. When people see liver and lung cancer they may think certain things, but Alan is a non-smoker and only drinks a couple of times a month.
“He’s a lovely guy. He would do anything for anyone. He is always the first person to help someone or put his name down on a sponsor form for someone else.
“He did the Great North Run in honour of his brother Ian, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and he is just the most positive and inspirational man.
“He said he wants to beat the cancer and then help others to do the same and show them they should never give up.”
• To donate to Alan’s fundraising effort, visit his page HERE.