SCHOOLBOY Dylan Knox is only 15 but he is bravely battling cancer for the second time.
The teenager has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare disease mostly found in male teenagers in which cancer cells grow in bones or soft tissue.
Dylan, of Lime Avenue, Houghton, had an operation to remove a tumour from his left hip.
He looked to be on the road to recovery, but doctors found he now has a tumour behind his left lung which needs to be removed.
Dylan is undergoing chemotherapy and is attending hospital daily, but the brave teen is still attending lessons at Houghton Kepier School.
He said: “It’s going well at the minute.
“The doctors said they are pleased with how my treatment is going.”
“I always go to school if I can anyway, but on a morning now I’ve got to go for my chemo.”
Mum Sharon Ede, 35, said Dylan was first diagnosed after he came in from school with a pain in his leg last July.
She said: “We took him to hospital and we found out it was a tumour growing in his hip socket.”
Dylan started extensive chemotherapy treatment at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary to shrink the tumour.
Doctors operated on December 8 to remove it.
He then had more chemotherapy and looked to be on the mend – until doctors found a tumour behind his left lung.
“They are doing this chemo for six weeks then he has a break and that’s when they are going to plan to remove it,” said Sharon.
“They’ve said that nine months from now he might get the all-clear.”
BMX enthusiast Dylan is now back at the RVI every weekday, but the Year 10 pupil is trying to get to school as often as possible despite his illness.
Sharon, also mum to Dylan’s brothers Michael, 17, and Nathan, eight, said: “If he is having a bad day and can’t go in then I have a word with his teachers and they understand what he’s going through.”
Just months ago as he thought he was about to be given the all-clear, Dylan took on a paper round delivering the Echo on an evening.
But when it was revealed he had another tumour, it was decided he would have to give it up.
“We didn’t think he would have the energy to do it anymore,” said Sharon.
“It was just trying to get a bit of normality back into his life.”
A fund-raising night in aid of Dylan is to take place at Houghton Comrades Club on Saturday, December 3, starting at 7pm.
For more details or to donate prizes, call organiser Michelle Husband on 07588 657845.