Miriam Gonzalez Durantez and Nick Clegg

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Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his spouse, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, have spoken for the primary time about their son’s remedy for most cancers.

Antonio, now 15, was recognized with Hodgkin lymphoma final September.

After remedy at College Faculty Hospital in London, together with chemotherapy, he’s now in remission.

His dad and mom instructed ITV’s Lorraine programme how telling their eldest son he had blood most cancers was one of many “hardest issues” the household had confronted.

“It is sort of a phrase bomb – definitely if you’re not accustomed to it, as we weren’t,” mentioned Mr Clegg.

“Your preliminary response, as we discovered, was like all mum or dad, it’s irrational however you nearly have this bodily want to take it off your child and take it your self.”

Ms Gonzalez Durantez mentioned Antonio had gone to his GP after discovering a small lump on his neck, which had not been notably painful.

“We have been very fortunate that he [the GP] noticed that it may very well be one thing extra severe,” she instructed host Lorraine Kelly.

“We handled it by carrying on and making an attempt to maintain issues as near the routine that we had beforehand and in addition being very open.

“The day that he was instructed, and I believe that in all probability us telling him is among the hardest issues that we have now ever achieved, the next day he went to highschool, he stood up and he instructed all people, ‘I’ve most cancers.’

“That is the way in which he handled it, however different kids and different households take care of it differently, it’s a must to discover your method.”


Mr Clegg mentioned: “His lymphoma was throughout his chest and his neck and he will get examined each three months, I believe for a few years, so there’s all the time a slight spike of hysteria with us each three months, however principally he’s on the highway to restoration.

“Apparently, the factor he was most involved about was form of falling behind his classmates. His anxiousness was extra about maintaining along with his classmates, maintaining in school. So, it was very spectacular really.”

He added the couple’s different kids, Alberto and Miguel, had taken the information properly.

“As soon as they heard from us that he will probably be OK, once more they’re simply so, so sensible – simply, ‘OK then,'” he mentioned.

Mr Clegg praised the way in which Antonio had dealt with the analysis and remedy, which resulted in extreme side-effects together with hair loss, vomiting and fatigue.

‘Widespread kind’

The Cleggs are attempting to boost consciousness of the charity Bloodwise, which can launch a report on Wednesday urging extra analysis into much less poisonous remedies for youngsters with most cancers.

Ms Gonzalez Durantez mentioned: “[With] chemotherapy, they poison your physique so to get cured and it is a shock to see it occur.

“We do realise how extremely fortunate we’re each with the truth that the remedy has labored and the way properly he appears.”

Bloodwise mentioned blood most cancers was the commonest most cancers amongst kids and younger folks, with greater than 1,100 folks below the age of 24 being recognized within the UK yearly.

Dr Alasdair Rankin, the charity’s director of analysis, mentioned: “The fact is that one in 5 kids recognized with the commonest kind of leukaemia nonetheless don’t survive, and that those that do usually expertise devastating side-effects each throughout and after remedy.

“That is merely not adequate. We have to save each kid’s life, make the remedy course of a lot kinder and provides them the life they’d have had with out most cancers.”