Super Oscar nearly at the end of cancer battle
A brave youngster has been showing his super hero spirit in a gruelling cancer battle he has been fighting for nearly a third of his life.
Spiderman fanatic Oscar Beardmore, age three, was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in June last year, a rare form of cancer that affects the soft tissue.
After undergoing chemotherapy for seven months, the youngster is now in Germany having proton beam therapy.
His family, from Wednesbury, are hoping he can ring the End of Treatment Bell at Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital when he returns home in April.
Oscar is also desperate to start at Priory Primary School, which he was due to begin in September, where his classmates and teachers are waiting for him.
Mother Cheryl, age 42, said: “Oscar is just a typical little boy, he loves cars, Lego and dinosaurs. He loves superheroes too – Spiderman is his hero. It’s so sweet, he has a Hickman Line which goes into his chest for chemotherapy and he believes every time he has the medicine that he’s going to develop super powers. When he wakes up the first thing he does is check his wrists for his web shooters.”
Mark and Cheryl first noticed a lump on the side of his head in April last year.
They thought he might have bumped it at nursery, but when told that was not the case, they booked him in at the doctors and soon discovered he had cancer.
Cheryl, an office worker at Power Utilities Group in Walsall, added: “Oscar had to have 13 rounds of chemotherapy which started in early July and finished in January. And now he’s having 28 sessions of proton therapy. He’s coping well. We are trying to tie in little adventures so he can remember the trip for happy times rather than it all being radiotherapy.”
The treatment is only available in Germany and America, but may be coming to the UK next year, Cheryl said. Due to the lump being near his face, Oscar was put forward for the proton beam therapy as it is a lot more precise than radiotherapy.
Cheryl added: “He has them five days a week, and because he’s under anaesthetic it does take it out of him. It’s a lot for him to take on.”
Oscar and his family will also be taking part in this year's Fun Family 5 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity on June 16, to raise money for Ward 15 Oncology, as they did last year.