I’m alive. How did Arse­nal do?

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

AN AC­COUN­TANT has sur­vived an 11-hour op­er­a­tion which doc­tors had warned him could end his life.

Ja­son Boas, 34, un­der­went com­pli­cated surgery on Satur­day to re­move a tu­mour from his pan­creas. In last week’s JC, Mr Boas ad­mit­ted: “I am pet­ri­fied. I am scared to find out if the can­cer has spread. It’s 50-50.”

His fam­ily had waited anx­iously through­out the op­er­a­tion know­ing there was a 15 per cent chance he would not come through it.

His fa­ther, Barry, said: “It was mirac­u­lous. The first thing he said when he came round and opened his eyes was: ‘Who won?’

“The nurses be­gan to ex­plain that the op­er­a­tion had been suc­cess­ful — but he quickly told them that he was ac­tu­ally talk­ing about Arse­nal, and whether they had won their last game.

“Th­esur­geon­s­man­aged­tore­movethe whole tu­mour and all the tis­sue around it. They per­formed a biopsy on that tis­sue and found the can­cer has not spread.”

Mr Boas, from Mill Hill, North Lon­don, was di­ag­nosed six months ago. Doc­tors said the tu­mour would be in­op­er­a­ble as it was too big and sit­ting on the head of the pan­creas as well as on the vein which en­ters the gut.

He un­der­went six months of in­ten­sive chemo­ther­apy at Lon­don’s Royal Mars­den Hospi­tal, dur­ing which time he lost two stones in weight and his hair thinned. But the treat­ment man­aged to shrink the tu­mour to an op­er­a­ble size.

Dur­ing chemo­ther­apy treat­ment, the mem­ber of Cock­fos­ters and North South­gate syn­a­gogue set up the No Sur­ren­der char­i­ta­ble trust, to help oth­ers in the same sit­u­a­tion.

So far he has raised around £75,000 and he has more fundrais­ing events com­ing up, in­clud­ing a con­cert, a foot­ball tour­na­ment and a golf tour­na­ment.

Mr Boas, who works for mu­sic com­pany Har­ris and Trot­ter, will un­dergo an­other two to three months of chemo­ther­apy, in or­der to kill any re­main­ing can­cer cells, af­ter which he is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery.

His fa­ther added: “We are ex­tremely re­lieved. We have been very for­tu­nate. He was very pos­i­tive all the way through and was de­ter­mined it wouldn’t beat him.”

And to speed his re­cov­ery even fur­ther, he got the an­swer he wanted. Arse­nal beat Read­ing 2-0.

Ja­son Boas: a good re­sult

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