Luke in bed in hospital playing his guitarIn September 2012 Luke was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer.

He had experienced back pain and a lump had appeared in his abdomen. He visited his local GP who originally thought Luke had growing pains. When he made no improvements his family took Luke back to the doctors who believed he had scoliosis. An X-Ray revealed a mass on Luke’s left adrenal gland and shadows on his spine.

After this, he was admitted to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and within a week was transferred to University College Hospital, London. Further tests revealed his cancer and his family were given the devastating news that he had stage 4 neuroblastoma. Oncologists were adamant that Luke needed immediate treatment and he began a course of chemotherapy.

Treatment

Since then Luke had four cycles of the radiotherapy through LuDO clinical trial, high dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, before surgery to remove what was left of the primary tumour and direct radiotherapy.

Remission and living a normal teenage life

Luke finished his treatment in summer 2015 and got the brilliant news he was in remission in October 2015.

He has since gone back to school, started sixth form, all with a dream of a career in performing arts. He's even auditioned for a film!