Treatment of a British boy in the Czech Republic has been successful
March 24, 2015
Five-years old Ashya King who was treated in Prague Proton center last year does not have cancer anymore, said his parents in an interview with British newspaper The Sun. However, the Senior Doctor of the Prague center Jiří Kubeš pointed out that from the medical point of view it is too soon to evaluate results.
Five-years old Ashya King who was treated in Prague Proton center last year does not have cancer anymore, said his parents in an interview with British newspaper The Sun.
The family is now living in Spain and the small Ashya began to talk again and likes to play with his brothers and sisters in park, his father Brett King said.
The Senior Doctor of the Prague Proton center Jiří Kubeš who led Ashya’s treatment was pleased with positive control examinations. Nevertheless he warned that from medical point of view it is too early to evaluate results.
According to Ashya’s parents, the proton treatment that was not allowed to him by the British health care system NHS, saved their boy. ‘If we let Ashya in the care of NHS n Britain he would not be here with us today’, said Brett King. ‘He was too weak and would not survive’, he added. The disappearance of the brain tumour he found as a miracle.
‘More than 80 percent of paediatric patients are successfully cured today’, said Kubeš and added that this type of treatment is based on the type of tumour. When treating cancer in children a combination therapy is frequently used. Proton therapy affects tumour with millimeter precision, protects vital organs and thus increases the chance of cure and positively affects the quality of life for the future.
‘From the medical point of view it is too early to evaluate, and I am very pleased that the control examinations were successful. We are very pleased that the clinical condition of Ashya is excellent. His rehabilitation runs very well due to proton irradiation, as we can confirm from experiences of other proton therapies with 60 other paediatric patients who has been treated from December 2012’, said Kubeš.
‘In the last Ashya’s brain images there were ‘no traces’ after the tumour’, said Brett King. ‘Those are incredibly great news. We are absolutely thrilled.’
Even the reports and British television station Sky News addressed this case. As they found out, when treating cancer that is not available in the UK, the British medical system sends NHS patients to the USA instead of Europe and thus spends million of pounds extra.