Teen diagnosed with cancer again just months after being told he beat disease

A teenage boy has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer again just four months after a doctor told him he had beaten the devastating disease.

There is just a 10 per cent chance that chemotherapy will work this time for 17-year-old Jacob Fradgley, who is "wasting away", his heartbroken mum said.

The teen, from Skegby in Nottinghamshire, originally found out that he had metastatic Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, when he was just 15 in May 2018.

After a "whirlwind" year of treatment, including 19 rounds of chemotherapy and 56 sessions of radiation therapy, Jacob was classed as cancer free in July, his mum, Sammy Fradgley, 34, told NottinghamshireLive.

But they were given the heartbreaking news that his cancer had returned after his mum found a lump on his head just weeks before Christmas.


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Jacob was diagnosed with a relapse of metatistic ewing sarcoma, which affects bones and bone tissue.

Only 30 children a year are diagnosed in the UK.

Miss Fradgley has launched a campaign to fulfil some of her son's wishes – including meeting ex-soldier Ant Middleton SAS: Who Dares Wins – after doctors told her that if there was anything he wanted to do he should "do it now".

After his mum found the lump, Jacob was taken to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham for a CT scan.

He underwent surgery to remove the tumour in his head a week later.

Doctors then found more tumours in his head, hip and knees.

Miss Fradgley, a senior carer, said: "It took me two weeks to accept it.

"There's not a lot out there to treat a relapse, and we're just getting further away from solutions.

"There's around a 10 per cent chance the chemotherapy will work this time.

"You never think it's going to come back but I've just got to support him now."

Jacob had his final round of radiation therapy in January and his last round of chemo on New Year's Eve.

In the following months he took medication to prevent the cancer returning.

His mum said: "He was able to go to his prom, he was going to cadets and studying Public Services at Vision West Notts College.

"But three weeks ago I was touching his hair, and felt the lump. It all just happened so quick.

"Now its more or less the same thing. It's so aggressive and is known for coming back."

She added: "It has upset him, that he has to go through it all again.

"He has to have six rounds of chemotherapy and the doctors also want to harvest stem cells. If the chemo works, he may be able to go for stem cell treatment."

Jacob's consultant has told her that if there was something he wanted to do he should "do it now".

She has launched a JustGiving campaign to raise enough money so Jacob can create memories with his six-year-old sister Leah.

It has raised more than £2,300 so far.

Miss Fradgley said: "I just don't want to say no. I want to give him everything he wants.

"It's so hard to just watch him wasting away in front of me, but I am trying to do everything I can for him.

"He does still smile, but I am also there when he gets upset.

"His biggest aspiration is to drive a tank, meet Ant Middleton – anything to do with the army.

"His favourite colour is red so I have also started a 'Going Red for Jacob' campaign and I plan to make red bands with 'Team Fradgley' so everyone can support him and donate."

Barbera White, founder of the When You Wish Upon a Star charity, which is supporting the family, said: "I just wanted mum to know if there's anything we can do, we will try.

"I am trying to arrange a wish for him and I am currently working on something that I know he wants.

"Even after 30 years of the charity, I keep in touch with the families I meet, and we all want to help create some memories for Jacob."

Last December, the charity gave Jacob, his mum and his sister a trip to Lapland as he battled cancer.

At the time, he was looking forward to spending Christmas out of hospital and said the Lapland trip was a chance to "be together like a normal family".

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