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Last Updated:  Thursday, 27 March, 2003, 19:58 GMT
Boy given 'unique' cancer treatment
Joshua Ginns
Little Joshua had a brain tumour the size of a tennis ball removed
A young boy is being given experimental treatment at hospital because the cancer he has is so rare.

Joshua Ginns is receiving the new type of chemotherapy treatment at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre.

Last May, the five-year-old from Borrowash, near Derby, had a tumour the size of a tennis ball removed from his brain.

He continues to battle the life-threatening cancer with a unique combination of chemotherapy drugs.

His mother, Clare Ginns, said: "We are both fighters anyway and we will fight it to the end. We will battle and we will win.

Trust needed

"This is just a monster that you have no control over.

"The side effects can be absolutely horrendous and it is just so upsetting."

Dr David Walker, a paediatric oncologist who is treating Joshua, said it was difficult for children undergoing chemotherapy and their parents.

"You are dependant on the information and professionalism of the people you meet.

"You either trust them or you don't and we do our best to be sure they are fully informed."

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