A nine-year-old boy who received life saving cancer treatment after the people of Aylesbury Vale rallied round is facing a second fight against the disease.
In 2013 Alex Novakovic flew to Boston for proton beam therapy to treat a deadly tumour in his brain.
The pioneering treatment was only made possible by a huge outpouring of generosity from people in Aylesbury Vale, who raised £406,000, but now the youngster faces a fresh battle.
Alex’s uncle, Dan O’Brian, speaking on behalf of the family, said: “Alex hurt his chest while he was playing with his sister and we took him to the doctors.
“They thought that he had fractured his sternum, but the pain persisted so we took him for an X-ray and it showed up some shadows.
“He then went for an MRI scan at and it transpired, after he was transferred to the Royal Marsden Hospital, that it was spots of cancer.”
We are keeping positive and he is on good form. He very much wants to go back to school and should be able to soonAlex’s uncle Dan O’Brian
He added: “They were quite surprised because where he had the proton treatment it was totally clear.
“It has come as a complete shock to us all, but he had his first round of chemotherapy this week and is doing really well.
“We are keeping positive and he is on good form. He very much wants to go back to school and should be able to soon.”
Alex who attends Bedgrove Junior School will now have a two week break before starting a second round of chemotherapy. In that time samples of the tumours have been sent for laboratory testing, to find out what treatment will work best.
Commenting on how his son is coping with the chemotherapy, his dad Rad, said: “If it wasn’t for the stomach pains you wouldn’t realise he was ill.
“He tolerates chemotherapy very well. It is a bit of a jaunt to go to the hospital and back for the treatment, but he is determined to spend time with his sister.”