Following a debate which I secured in the House of Commons last November on diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), I arranged for the family of young Luke Stewart to meet with the Health Minister. Luke was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January 2017 and since then has been undergoing treatment in Mexico.
It was a good meeting with a number of very positive outcomes. It also came on the back of Dame Tessa Jowell’s emotional speech in the House of Lords about her experiences of living with brain cancer and the need for a more flexible approach from the NHS with adaptive treatments. Luke is doing well, back at school, and the family are confident he is improving. This is due to treatment he is receiving in Mexico. His prognosis was 7 months to live. He is far beyond that and doing well. Let’s hope the Minister can respond positively to ensure Luke and other children have the very best possible treatment to give them hope of a bright future.