Norwich man trying to raise £70,000 for rare cancer treatment | Health

PUBLISHED: 23:09 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 23:09 13 February 2018

Damion Burbank has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, the family are hoping to rasie money to pay for treatments abroad.
Damion at home with his wife Emily and two children Arabella and Olive.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Damion Burbank has been identified with a rare type of cancer, the household are hoping to rasie cash to pay for therapies overseas. Damion at house along with his spouse Emily and two youngsters Arabella and Olive. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A Norwich man with a fancy sort of pancreatic cancer is asking for assist from the general public to raise £70,000 to assist combat his rare cancer.

Damion Burbank, 38, was identified with acinar cell carcinoma of the pancreas which is present in just one to two per cent of sufferers with pancreatic cancer.

It is normally a slow-growing malignant tumour that may happen in varied components of the physique however is most frequently discovered within the pancreas, salivary glands, palate and higher lip.

Mr Burbank’s cancer is terminal. If he stays beneath the care of the NHS, the one choice accessible is for palliative care involving chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

A JustGiving web page has been arrange to raise a goal of £70,000 for Mr Burbank to go to a centre overseas to enhance his life. Different therapies comparable to immunotherapies, stem cell remedy, non evasive radiation are supplied at these centres.

So way over £28,000 has been raised.

Mr Burbank, mentioned: “This means everything to us. It gives us precious time, hope and opportunity. It gives me a chance, that every father deserves, to be together as a family and see my children grow up.”

Although the cancer originated from the pancreas, the first tumour has not been discovered regardless of a number of scans, and it has unfold to Mr Burbank’s liver, ribs, pelvis and backbone.

Scan ends in September 2017 confirmed new tumours had appeared within the spinal and rib areas. He is about to full six extra cycles of chemotherapy to get the cancer beneath management.

But the kind of chemotherapy can’t be sustained within the long-term because it severely weakens the immune system, could cause different severe well being issues, and will increase the chance of various cancers showing due to the toxicity of the treatment.

Mr Burbank’s spouse, Emily might be holding varied fundraising occasions all year long to assist meet the goal.

She mentioned: “I personally together with a few of our associates might be working the Norwich half marathon and competing in varied different occasions. Music occasions are additionally being deliberate with DJs and associates collaborating.

“We see this as the best opportunity for Damion to live a longer life in better health and see his children grow up.”

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