Cancer campaigner has support of rugby star

Clive Stone

Clive Stone

First published in News

CANCER campaigner Clive Stone has been bolstered by rugby star Lawrence Dallaglio in the fight to provide better NHS treatment for cancer sufferers.

It comes as Mr Stone, 66, revealed this week that his 34 brain tumours have been successfully removed.

Mr Stone met former England rugby international Mr Dallaglio at a London meeting set up to discuss funding for cancer treatment.

Mr Stone, from Eynsham, told his story at the Monday meeting and explained how the majority of his brain tumours were removed using gamma knife surgery – a treatment currently not available in Oxford on the NHS.

Mr Stone said Mr Dallaglio, below, later shook his hand, adding: “He said thanks for coming and I appreciate your contribution.”

Oxford Mail:

The former rugby player’s campaign for better treatment for patients has been inspired by his mother Eileen, who died of the disease.

Mr Stone added: “I’m over the moon that someone like Lawrence Dallaglio is with us — he is getting a lot of attention.

“It’s disappointing you can’t get gamma knife treatment in Oxford to remove brain tumours.

“The Prime Minister has done a lot of good work for cancer patients – he set up the £200m Cancer Drugs Fund in 2010 – but I will be writing to him about the radiotherapy issue.”

Thirty-one of Mr Stone’s 34 brain tumours were removed using gamma knife surgery.

He has twice had to pay £15,000 for gamma knife sessions because the operations were not available on the NHS.

 

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

 


Our top stories

Dagenham draw leaves Oxford United boss with mixed emotions

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 1st September 2014

MICHAEL Appleton admitted he had never seen a game so wide open as Oxford United got off the mark with a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw at home to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Two-month amnesty for Oxford council tenants who sublet illegally

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

9:00am Monday 1st September 2014

Council tenants illegally subletting their homes are being given the chance to hand back the keys without prosecution.

Grandfather killed in Isle of Man motorbike crash 'died doing what he loved'

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 1st September 2014

A former Formula 1 mechanic and Eynsham driving instructor has been killed in a motorbike crash on the Isle of Man.

Police to warn students of 'legal high' risks

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Monday 1st September 2014

NEW students are to be warned by police about the dangers of so-called legal highs.

Theatrical costume charity faces final curtain after 46 years

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 1st September 2014

Wanted: a new home for 7,000 costumes, accessories and props, 3,000sq m or more.

Pub is forced to close after brawls and drug incidents

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 1st September 2014

AN OXFORD pub shut its doors for the last time on Saturday after recent incidents involving violence and drug use.

A plan was launched for gamma knife surgery to be carried out at Headington’s Manor Hospital. However, it was axed in February over concerns NHS England would not fund the operations for up to 150 county patients a year.

Former bank manager Mr Stone was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2007. He then successfully campaigned for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) to agree that the drug Sunitinib could be prescribed on the NHS.

The cancer spread to his brain and after two open brain operations he was referred to Sheffield for gamma knife surgery.

Mr Stone said: “I have no brain tumours at the moment and everything else is stable – I’ve got lots of energy and will keep on campaigning.”

s According to The Sunday Times, the number of patients receiving stereotactic ablative radiotherapy, in which targeted beams of radiation kill cancer cells, has fallen by 10 per cent since April last year.

A total of 645 patients were treated in 2012 to 2013 while 568 patients got the treatment in the year to April.

NHS England was unable to comment yesterday.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree