A retired teacher has astonished doctors after his body rid itself of cancer without treatment.
Peter Crane, 60, was diagnosed with a form of leukaemia 18 months ago. He was was warned that the disease cannot usually be cured but told that chemotherapy could help. However, Mr Crane did not start the treatment straight away because the cancer had not reached the stage where it would be most effective.
In the meantime, it appears the cancer simply vanished. Blood tests have shown his body is free of the disease and he is now officially in remission.
Experts said Mr Crane was a very lucky man. Cases of ‘spontaneous remission’ are extremely rare but do happen. Mr Crane, of East Boldon, South Tyneside, is now feeling fit and healthy and enjoying a new lease of life with his wife Mary, 58.
He said he was astounded when tests last week at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle showed he was in remission. ‘I couldn’t believe it when they told me,’ he said.
‘I was in shock. My blood counts had been normal for about 12 months, so it had disappeared naturally without the need for any treatment. The doctors said to go into spontaneous remission is very rare. It’s not unique and I am not saying the cancer won’t come back but, for now, being told it’s gone is a huge weight off my mind.’