Treat­ment buys dad more time

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The Franklin com­mu­nity ral­lied be­hind ill Pukekohe dad Kent Al­lan ear­lier this year, which meant he was able to travel over­seas for treat­ment to ex­tend his life.

In 2002 he was di­ag­nosed with a rare genetic dis­or­der known as Von Hip­pel Lin­dau (VHL) syn­drome, a hered­i­tary con­di­tion where tu­mours grow in mul­ti­ple or­gans.

In 2015, Kent was told a tu­mour had grown and metas­ta­sized to the liver and was in­op­er­a­ble.

He had a year to live and the best chance he had to shrink the tu­mour was to travel to Mel­bourne to have Pep­tide Re­cep­tor Ra­dionu­clide Ther­apy (PRRT), a form of molec­u­lar tar­geted ther­apy.

This treat­ment is not avail­able in New Zealand, and the cost of the six-week course is around $50,000.

Af­ter the com­mu­nity’s sup­port through fundrais­ing, he was able to be­gin his treat­ment.

Since his first course, he said he was feel­ing fan­tas­tic.

He will head back to Mel­bourne this week for the sec­ond course. The treat­ment is thought to be able to ex­tend his life by three to five years, and he can pos­si­bly have the treat­ment again at a later date.

‘‘I had a mas­sive pain on my sides be­fore I left, it was re­ally get­ting me down. Now, most of that pain has sub­sided.

‘‘A tremen­dous amount of pain has gone from my flanks.

‘‘I sat in a chair and got in­fused with amino acid that pro­tects the kid­neys, be­cause it (the treat­ment) is like sun­burn on the inside.

‘‘Then I got in­jected for about half an hour with the nu­clear stuff. Then I sat there for an­other four hours and they gave me steroids to pro­tect my in­sides.

‘‘I’m quite wrapt af­ter my first lot of treat­ment...It’s def­i­nitely given me more hope. I’m won­der­ing if I need to go back so soon, be­cause I feel so good.’’

Kent raised more than the $50,000 re­quired, and planned on tak­ing his two teenagers for a hol­i­day with the ex­cess raised.

He said he was ex­tremely thank­ful to the com­mu­nity for chip­ping in to help ex­tend his life.

‘‘From the kids and I, we’d like to thank ev­ery­body for their over­whelm­ing sup­port to buy me some years with my lovely kids and it’s been over­whelm­ing, and I ap­pre­ci­ate your gen­eros­ity.’’

Kent Al­lan will head to Mel­bourne this week for an­other round of treat­ment.

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