My grandpa, only 71. received the devastating news last January 2017 that he had an extremely rare and aggressive type of bladder cancer, small cell mixed transitional cell carcinoma. Less than 1% of all bladder cancers are this rare type.
The main cause of bladder cancer is smoking, Grandpa has never smoked and prior to diagnosis led a fit and healthy lifestyle.
After undergoing three cycles of the standard chemotherapy we were told that this cancer has a slim chance of being treated with the drugs available on the NHS.
In a desperate bid to save our Grandpa's life, we have found a specialist onchology doctor in Mumbai who has given us hope.
Grandpa's biopsy of the tumor has been sent to America where the molecular status of the cancer cell can be examined with the aim to find a target drug the cancer cells respond to.
In the meantime Grandpa is battling gruelling rounds of chemotherapy to control the spread of the cancer while we await news on which drugs will be the right tonic.
These privately funded drugs are extremely expensive. We have put our total life savings into the treatment so far and have already spent up to $20000 on the chemotherapy drugs, biopsy, blood tess, research, train fares, CT Scans, specialist fees.
We are reaching out from the bottom of our hearts for help with these vital funds. Any donations will mean so much to us and our small family and if you are struggling to donate then please just raise awareness.
Grandpa has a positive attitude and knows he can fight this with the right treatment. He is so kind and generous and nothing is too much trouble for him. He puts everyone else before himself and he's finding it difficult now he's the one in the spotlight. Grandpa is a massive animal lover and has always donated to animal charities. We would like to return the kindness and love he has given to us over our lives.
We do not want to lose our grandpa and and know this can be treated. Please help our small family to achieve this. This research may also help bladder cancer patients in the future who are unfortunate to have this rare type.
We will keep all supporters updated n treatment and how things are going.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,