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These are the excellent presentations from the Children with Cancer UK sponsored childhood cancer session organised by Professor Denis Henshaw for the 8th Princess Chulabhorn International Scientific Congress held in Thailand in November 2016.

Pablo Kelly

Pablo Kelly

Four years ago, Pablo Kelly was given just 9 to 15 months to live after being diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer is celebrating repeatedly being told there is no visible sign of a tumour. Having had the original, crushing diagnosis in September 2014, Pablo Kelly was given the news by his oncologist last week after a series of scans.

Pablo's struggle has taken a different path from most, as from the very beginning Pablo rejected conventional medicine, including chemotherapy and any form of treatment with radiation. Instead, he has followed a strict ketogenic diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrate and sugar and, the theory goes, starves cancers of the glucose they need to grow.

After his diet caused the tunour to shrink, Pablo had surgery to remove the glioblastoma multiforme tumour in early 2017. The procedure, an awake craniotomy carried out with the patient fully conscious, was carried out by expert brain surgeon Peter Whitfield at Derriford Hospital. After the surgery Mr Whitfield told Pablo that while it had been a success, there could still be a chunk of the tumour left behind. Any mistakes in the procedure can easily prove fatal, and surgeons must err on the side of caution in terms of how much tissue to remove.

Pablo said: "After my awake craniotomy, the surgeon said he reckoned there could be about 10 per cent of the tumour still there. I have now had three clear scans since the operation, and when I went to see my oncologist she said there was now no visible sign of it, although obviously there’s a cavity still there in my brain where the tumour used to be."

The diet is definitely not recommended by the NHS or most oncologists as a substitute for conventional treatment. It is more commonly used, in the NHS and elsewhere, to control seizures in epilepsy patients.

2017 Newspaper story about Pablo

28 July 2018: I've been delaying this until we knew for sure that we were certain...

Rebecca, my loving partner and healing helper in life is now the mother of a beautiful baby girl. Our dear daughter, Luna Arwen Rebekah Kelly, was born on the 29th June 2018 at home and weighed 8 lbs and 1 ounce!

Luna Kelly

We are so proud and so so lovingly elated and enthralled by this new being. This new life that came out of 4 years of worry and doubt and especially the unknowing. She has brought a new light and spark of will to my life and has blessed Rebecca and I to the greatest possible extent!

When you're told you won't live and that children might not be an option and basically, your life is over. To get this great gift. This all knowing being. A baby. A love so great that it makes everything worth it. All the pain and fear is fading. All of the feeling of hopelessness has dropped away!

I thought I'd finally share this love bomb with you all and show you how possible it is to live through dis-ease and to come out the other side unscathed.

My new love of life. Luna Arwen Rebekah Kelly.

See: Pablo's Facebook page

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