Sunderland teenager battles back from cancer

Dylan Knox, 15, of Lime Avenue, Houghton, who is being treated for Ewing's Sarcoma cancer.
Dylan Knox, 15, of Lime Avenue, Houghton, who is being treated for Ewing's Sarcoma cancer.
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DOCTORS have handed double cancer battler Dylan Knox more good news.

The Houghton youngster was told by medics during a check-up at the RVI in Newcastle that he remains in the clear.

Houghton Kepier School pupil Dylan, who turned 16 earlier this month, was diagnosed with a rare tumour called Ewing’s sarcoma in 2010.

It meant he had to have 60 per cent of his hip removed in an operation.

But when he looked to be on the road to recovery, another tumour was discovered near his lung last year.

But Dylan did not let the illness beat him and the plucky youngster managed to overcome both tumours thanks to gruelling radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

He was given the all-clear just two months ago and has since been enjoying a welcome break, which included a fortnight in Lanzarote with mum Sharon Ede and brothers Michael, 17, and Nathan, nine.

Doting mum Sharon, who has been at her son’s side throughout his health problems, said: “Dylan has a chest x-ray and everything is still all-clear.

“We have to do monthly checks to keep an eye on his lungs.

“He still uses a single crutch and we’ve been told he will have to have a hip replacement when he is older, but that’s nothing compared to what he’s already been through.”

This month has seen a welcome return to school where Dylan’s teachers have praised him for trying to make lessons as often as he could.

“He’s back at school now full-time in Year 10,” said Sharon.

“As he missed so much, he’s had to go back a year to catch up.”

Dylan’s family are also keen to express their gratitude to his friends and fellow pupils at Houghton Kepier, who held a fancy dress football match at the school in July in order to raise cash for their holiday.

Sharon said: “We thoroughly enjoyed it and, of course, Dylan totally deserved it.”

Speaking about the break, Dylan said: “It was a very good holiday.

“It was nice and hot and we were glad to get away from everything.”

Dylan is now starting his GCSE studies at Houghton Kepier and hopes that the start of the school term will be a new beginning for him.

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