Family's waiting game as Alexander finishes chemo
Child cancer sufferer Alexander Strong has finished his high-dose chemotherapy treatment but his parents still anticipate he is yet to face the "worst of it".
The brave 7-year-old of Burnham Road, Epworth, has been fighting neuroblastoma since the age of four.
He has completed his high-dose chemotherapy treatment at Sheffield Children's Hospital, which began last week.
Alexander's mum Maxine is staying with him in hospital through the isolation period.
His dad, Mark said: "I saw Alexander this weekend and he seemed OK in himself. His chemotherapy has finished and he's had a lot of re-hydration through a drip and he's now in isolation.
"He's been sick quite a few times. Monday night he had a feeding tube put up his nose and he was sick and it fell out so he had to have it put back in again. All is as expected, it's all a matter of waiting.
"Apart from that, he's OK – we are still waiting for the worst of it.
"I thought he would be quite poorly but it seems to be taking longer to affect him – probably because he was stronger when he went in hospital so it will take longer to affect him.
"It's just wait and see now – it will take between three and four weeks, it's just a matter of when it happens."
Alexander is due to have some further tests to review his progress.
"He's already had his stem cells put back in through a blood transfusion and that went okay. Now doctors are monitoring him and giving him antibiotics then if he stabilises and his body starts to recover they will measure his white cells in his blood. If they are at a reasonable level they will give him another MRI scan."
Alexander has endured gruelling treatment at Sheffield Children's Hospital since 2009.
Last year, he had a tumour the size of a grapefruit removed by surgeons.
His second course of aggressive treatment comes after another large tumour under his arm spread across his chest and on to his shoulder and neck.
Alexander has had five days of chemotherapy and three days re-hydration.
Dr Daniel Yeomanson, consultant paediatric oncologist at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Alexander has tolerated his chemotherapy really well.
"He received his stem cell transplant on Monday and was feeling well enough afterwards to watch the Olympic Torch go past the hospital.
"He is now confined to his room for the rest of his admission until his immunity starts to recover."