EXPENSIVE lifesaving operations to deal with bone most cancers problems left a determined 25-year-old Swindonian in 1000’s of kilos of debt.
Viktor Panko has tried every little thing to treatment his situation after struggling virtually 5 years of relapses and repeatedly being informed by medics to count on the worst.
Chemotherapy on the NHS failed so he went on a disastrous last-ditch effort to strive different remedies in Canada, which led to involved medical doctors finishing up emergency operations on a tumour in his lung.
These surgical procedures saved him however got here with a £14,300 debt that he’s struggling to pay again.
Viktor mentioned: “It’s been exhausting. I knew it was a threat and realised the journey was a giant mistake however I used to be determined to strive one thing completely different after every little thing standard at residence didn’t work.
“I can’t work, I’m on ESA and my mother and father spent some huge cash supporting my Canada journey so there’s no simple method of paying this again,
“This bizarre expertise has modified me. There’s been quite a lot of stress from the ache and questioning whether or not I’m going to make it, which each most cancers affected person goes by way of.
“I’ve been informed so many instances that I’ll by no means discover a treatment and there was no probability for me so I acquired depressed and sick with fear, I felt dehumanised.
“This turned the brand new regular however there’s no level in dwelling on it. It’s important to keep optimistic or it would kill you faster.”
Viktor’s authentic osteosarcoma prognosis got here in 2014 after he felt sharp pains in his left knee. Three surgical procedures and 4 completely different chemo regimes didn’t beat the sickness.
He now has one tumour on his upper-left lung and 10 smaller ones round it. He went to Canada as a result of he thought it will be simpler to get CBD oil for therapy with THC as a result of hashish was authorized there, however the oil was nonetheless exhausting to search out and expensive.
No firm would insure him for the journey overseas and whereas he was there, the largest tumour grew and pressed on to a blood vessel close to his coronary heart.
He added: “I used to be confused over the choice and the prices and anxious as a result of I had no medical insurance. All this fear made my well being worse. I used to be coughing up blood day-after-day for a month and in horrible ache, then once I went to the medical doctors they carried out just a few scans and located that the tumour was bleeding.
“They put me on radiotherapy to inhibit the tumour, carried out a bronchoscopy and blocked the vessel that was bleeding.
“It was very sudden and scary, I felt hopeless. They discharged me just a few days later and really useful I fly again residence as quickly as doable as a result of they thought I didn’t have lengthy to reside.”
Regardless of this in depth trauma, Viktor is decided to remain optimistic along with his latest try, based mostly round repurposing medicine used to deal with different sicknesses at a London clinic.
This newest therapy has lastly stabilised him and he hopes that, even when the most cancers can’t be cured, he can be taught to reside with it as a power sickness.
Viktor, from Coleview, added: “I attempt to scale back my stress as a lot as doable, eat healthily and take dietary supplements and I do really feel higher now. There’s much less ache and I’m extra optimistic in regards to the future.
“I miss having the ability to have a job, I used to work as a nightclub but it surely made my situation worse. I wished to jot down and produce music and that would nonetheless occur, however I’m studying net improvement so I can attempt to make a residing from residence.
“I simply need to hold going, keep optimistic and reside so long as doable.”
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