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Letter: You say - Make scans automatic.

Byline: Julie Meredith

I READ with interest the article "Cancer boy in pounds 780 fury" (ECHO June 5) about the boy with the rare form of cancer not being allowed a scan.

I can sympathise with the young boy and his family. I was diagnosed four years ago with a rare form of cancer adenoid cystic carcinoma, like Nathaniel in my neck.

The prognosis was not good, as I too was told it has a very high tendency of returning, particularly in the lungs, in which case there would be nothing more they could do.

I attend the head/neck clinic for check-ups; like the young boy in your article, the cancer is slow growing.

I would have thought just like his parents that a yearly scan would be performed to detect any recurrence very early on. But no, I was told: "We don't go looking for it".

That surely should be a matter for the patient to decide.

I am a 55-year-old woman so you accept things more easily. In the case of an 11-year-old boy, the medical protocol should be more understanding regarding his fears and those of his family and, as a matter of precaution, a yearly scan should be done automatically.

Julie Meredith, Liverpool
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2007
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