DOCTORS have told the delighted parents of brave Jamie Inglis he is in complete remission following pioneering treatment in Germany.
Scans performed last week on the seven-year-old York schoolboy found no trace of neuroblastoma, the childhood cancer he has been suffering, said his father John.
“We are very, very pleased,” he said, speaking from the hospital in Germany where Jamie is undergoing treatment, which has not been funded by the NHS but is believed by oncologists to give the best chance of survival.
“It’s really good news. It’s absolutely fantastic.”
His wife, Vicki, said: “At last, the Inglis family have good news and are going to treasure this news forever. Jamie has no cancer!
“I for one, am absolutely so proud of Jamie and after an uncertain 24 hours this is something to shout about.”
However, Mr Inglis, of Kelfield, Selby, stressed that Jamie still faced risks such as infection, with antibody therapy which had been expected to start this week delayed, possibly for another week.
Mr Inglis was given the good news in a corridor by Professor Peter Lang, who is in charge of the treatment.
“Professor Lang was talking about the antibody therapy and apologised that Jamie wouldn’t be starting this week after all,” said Mrs Inglis.
“It was only after he went to walk away and John asked if there were any results from the scans last week that Professor Lang then delivered the news.”
Jamie has been undergoing months of treatment for neuroblastoma, which has seen his father’s stem cells introduced into his body to help him build a stronger, donor-derived immune system.
He has been back in hospital near Stuttgart in Germany since a brief return home to North Yorkshire at the end of October.
Jamie jointly won the child of the year award at The Press’s Community Pride awards for his courage and positivity. His family has been working to raise £250,000 to pay for the medical trial in Germany, and has so far raised more than £148,000.
Mr Inglis stressed that the classification of “complete remission” was based on current diagnostics, and said there was still a high chance some microscopic-sized cancer cells might have survived.
“This is why the next phase of treatment – antibody – is considered to be important to help stimulate Jamie’s new immune system to seek and destroy any rogue cells.”