Brain cancer patient from Wixams looks forward to joyful family Christmas

Adam Dilley and sone Alfie

A brain cancer patient living in Wixams is looking forward to a joyous Christmas after receiving some good news following his latest scan.

In 2021, just weeks before becoming a dad, Adam Dilley was given the devastating news he had a glioblastoma (GBM) – the same type of highly aggressive tumour as EastEnders character Lola Pearce.

His shock diagnosis came following a visit to Specsavers in Biggleswade, where an optician discovered a swelling behind his left eye. He had been suffering with severe headaches, jaw pain and blurred vision for many months, and had even been misdiagnosed with sinusitis.

The 31-year-old underwent a craniotomy in November, which was filmed as part of the BBC 2 series Surgeons: At the Edge of Life. He then had several weeks of radiotherapy followed by months of chemotherapy.

As Christmas approached, he and his partner Tasha celebrated the much-anticipated arrival of their son, Alfie.

Now, having celebrated Alfie’s first birthday and spent anxious days awaiting the results of his latest MRI, Adam has received some good news.

His tumour remains stable, and he can look forward to enjoying a fun Christmas with his family.

Fun with all the families – Adam will be having two Christmas Days this year

Adam is working with the charity Brain Tumour Research to share his story.  “I’m so pleased with my latest scan results and am really looking forward to Christmas,” he said.

 “It was my boy’s first Christmas last year but I’d literally just had surgery so was a bit beaten up. He’s more grown-up now so it feels like this year is going to be a proper Christmas for him, and I feel great.

“I haven’t had a headache since the surgery and am back at work full time, so feeling a lot more positive and upbeat.

“We’re spending Christmas with my partner’s family and will be having a second Christmas with my mum and dad on Boxing Day, so there’s lots to look forward to.”

Charlie Allsebrook, community development manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We were so pleased to hear about Adam’s latest scan results. What great news to get in the lead up to Christmas. We wish him and his family much health and happiness, now and in the future, and thank them for their continued support of the work we do.

“Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet, historically, just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

“This has got to change but it’s only by working together that we will be able to improve treatment options for patients and, ultimately, find a cure.”

Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centres in the UK. It also campaigns for the Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and, ultimately, to find a cure.

The charity is the driving force behind the call for a national annual spend of £35 million in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia and is also campaigning for greater repurposing of drugs.