HOPES are high that a schoolboy battling cancer for the second time could be given the all-clear.
Dylan Knox was first diagnosed with deadly Ewing’s sarcoma nearly two years ago.
After the successful removal of a tumour at the end of 2010, the 15-year-old, of Lime Avenue, Houghton, looked to be on the road to recovery.
But tests revealed that he had developed another tumour, this time behind his left lung.
Now, after intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, the Houghton Kepier School pupil is within weeks of finding out if he is free of cancer.
Dylan’s mum Sharon Ede, 35, who also has sons Michael, 17, and Nathan, eight, said: “We are waiting for scan dates to get them done and, fingers crossed, they will show he is all clear.
“The doctors said they would give it four or five weeks for everything to settle inside.
“The high-dose chemo was hard for him. He couldn’t eat anything because his throat was that sore.”
Dylan had his first tumour removed in December 2010, before he and his family were given the terrible news that there was another one.
But fighter Dylan did not let the news get him down and he is as determined as ever to beat the illness.
“The doctors are very impressed with how he’s done during the chemo,” added Sharon.
“For most kids it takes a hell of a lot longer to get better, so he’s done well.”
Dylan, who is now recovering at home, would have been due to start his final year of school this September.
However, he has decided to redo his Year 10 studies after being unable to get to enough lessons.
Sharon said: “Dylan missed so much and it’s his decision to do the year again.
“I’ve spoken to the school about it and they’ve sorted everything for him.”
If Dylan is given the all- clear in the upcoming weeks, Sharon says that the family intend to have a holiday.
“I’ve asked at the hospital if that would be OK because I think he deserves it,” she said.