Student’s cancer plea

Durham University student, Jonathan Stanhope-Smith is in remission for cancerand has organised a charity rugby league game with the help of his friends, Ivan Rutherford, Dan Sollers and Pete Vickers.
Durham University student, Jonathan Stanhope-Smith is in remission for cancerand has organised a charity rugby league game with the help of his friends, Ivan Rutherford, Dan Sollers and Pete Vickers.
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A STUDENT diagnosed with cancer after finding a lump on his neck is urging others not to ignore warning signs.

Jonathan Stanhope-Smith, 22, is hoping his story of remission from lymphoma will encourage others in a similar position.

The Durham University student is organising a charity rugby match to raise awareness of the condition.

“We also aim to help to raise a little money for the lymphoma charity as well,” said Jonathan.

“I had a lump on my neck in October of 2010 and didn’t get it checked out as soon as I should have done.

“I would urge anyone in a similar position to go to their GP sooner rather than later.

“My last treatment was in June of last year, so I am in remission.

“The good news is there is a 90 per cent chance the cancer will not return.

“My experience shows that people do make a good recovery.”

Jonathan was told he is fairly typical of a lymphoma sufferer.

“It tends to be people in the younger age group,” he said. “And the symptoms are often a painless lump on the neck or under the armpit.

“Cases are on the increase and no one seems to knows why.

“There doesn’t appear to be a known cause, but at least the survival and recovery rate is high.”

Jonathan is doing a degree in sports science and has organised the rugby league game between teams from the university’s Durham and Stockton campuses.

The game will take place on June 8 under lights on the artificial pitch at the university’s Maiden Castle sports ground, Stockton Road, Durham City.

Kick-off is 7.30pm, admission £2.

For those unable to get to the game, Jonathan is asking for donations to the Lymphoma Association: www.lymphomas.org.uk

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