DESPITE promising signs of recovery thanks to a catalogue of alternative therapies, lymphoma sufferer Gerry Hunt has experienced a setback this month.
The drumming teacher from Wroughton was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011 before entering remission in early 2013. But by August of that year he was told the cancer had returned.
In April, the 62-year-old was told by doctors they had exhausted all options and he was given two to four months to live.
His family launched an appeal for funds to cover the cost of alternative treatment not yet available on the NHS, and soon raised £4,000.
But despite initially positive results, the father-of-two’s health recently deteriorated and he was yesterday taken to the Great Western Hospital to receive a blood transfusion.
“Gerry is very poorly right now,” said his daughter-in-law Lindsay Hunt, 34.
“He’s going into hospital for fluids and a blood transfusion. We’re really hoping this will pick him up.”
Gerry had regained strength almost immediately after the start of his family’s fundraising campaign.
Following his first course of homeopathic and vitamin treatments to boost his immune system he was able to eat again and gain some independence.
He was even able to perform on stage alongside his sons and Shred bandmates and go on a short scenic flight.
Through the ups and downs, Gerry never allowed his illness to get the better of him, according to Lindsay.
Speaking about her father-in-law, she had previously praised his determination and strength.
“The support of the community has given him a good boost and the treatment has given us all a focus.
“He is fighting and he’s not giving up. Gerry is so determined to find something. He has been very positive.
“He has been through so much. It’s not fair but it’s good for morale to think there is so much support out there.”
Lymphomas are cancers of the lymphatic system, which forms part of the body’s immune system.