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Man, 39, with 'weeks left to live' stuns doctors by being declared cancer free


Danny de Brabander, 39, had over 60% of his liver removed during his battle with bowel cancer.

Liverpool Echo reports Danny has also had his gall bladder and spleen removed, as well as chemo and invasive chemo to remove cancer from his stomach lining.

But after scans last week, he can now reveal he is cancer-free.

Danny, who since the news has returned to work as a sales manager in the telcoms sector, said: “I never expected to get to this point and to be fair, it is only through seeing the experiences of others that I realised it was possible.

“I want to focus on the positive side and never giving up – and it is not easy, I had my dark moments.

“I am just excited to get back to work, get back to my family and all that that brings and start planning my wedding for next year.

“Because my cancer was at stage 4, there is a strong chance it will come back but I have to just stay positive and hope that every scan is clear.”

Danny, who lives with his partner in Claughton, Wirral, will now have check-up scams every three months, moving to every six months after two years.

“I’m still on a real high after my positive news at the weekend and the words ‘NO CANCER VISIBLE’,” Danny wrote on Facebook.

“The messages of love and support that we have received has been completely overwhelming.

“I apologise if I haven’t replied, or if I’ve missed anything that you have sent to me.

“I have to keep my feet on the ground, especially being Stage 4 as there is always a strong chance of re-occurrence.

“Yet whilst the percentage changes are still against me, I am certainly going to enjoy not having to worry about cancer (at least not until my next scan in three months time) like I have done for the past two years or more!

“It’s been some journey with heart issues, multiple operations, many organs lost along the way, a stoma, loads of chemo, having to battle life-threatening Sepsis… and not to mention the heartache and stress of not knowing how long you have left to live.

“All I would say to anyone who is is going through something… please try to be positive, believe in yourself, never ever give up.

“I’m going to enjoy every single moment from now on, hopefully, many days like this one…”

Danny had initially ignored the first signs of his bowel cancer and was told in January 2019 it was stage 4 and had spread to his liver.

What followed was a two-year fight for his life from cancer, a heart attack and sepsis.

He said: “No one knows if my delay in seeing the doctor had an impact on the stage of the cancer, but it is one of the reasons I try my best to promote the symptoms of bowel cancer and encourage people to seek medical advice.”

While fighting back from a chemotherapy-induced heart-attack, sepsis following emergency surgery to insert a stent fitted [a wire mesh tube that helps keep open the blocked area of bowel] and the removal of organs, Danny has been busy fundraising for the local community.

Danny continued: “Coming through this far has just made me so thankful and it has been the driving force behind my fundraising with Team DDB.

“It really spurred me on during the treatments and was a perfect distraction for the mind.”

Danny set up the fundraising team with family and friends Ben Douglas, Ben Lavell and Will Davenport and has already raised over £48,000 for local charities including nearly £6,000 for Wirral Foodbank, £6,800 for The Critical Care Team at Arrowe Park Hospital and Bowel Cancer Awareness. And you can support them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @team.ddb

Danny added: “Bowel Cancer Awareness is key. If caught early it’s successfully treated in 90% of cases.

“I don’t want others to have to go through what I have, so if experiencing any symptoms at all people need to see their GP.”


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