Spalding group has advice on alternative cancer treatments

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Christine Bowyer-Sopp would never encourage anyone to stop conventional cancer treatment.

However, what she does want people to understand is that they do have a choice: there is an alternative.

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And she wants them to know that if people choose that alternative instead of chemotherapy or radiotherapy, Christine is there to support them.

She is the chairman of a new group called Help Stop Cancer that meets each Tuesday afternoon at Moose Hall in Spalding (1-4pm).

The group offers information on alternative cancer treatments to those who have or have had cancer as well as those who look after them, along with ongoing support to people who have made the decision to stop conventional treatment.

It’s the kind of advice and support Christine needed five years ago when her son Sean was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Christine's son, Sean Chivers.

Christine's son, Sean Chivers.

Christine, who is married to David and lives at Fleet Hargate, says Sean had been ill for five months and had numerous appointments with his GP before an exploratory operation uncovered the terminal cancer.

The 33-year-old, who was married with two children, was told he had six months to two years to live.

Three days into the chemotherapy, his chances of survival altered radically. Sean was told he had four days to live, although he held on for two-and-a-half weeks.

Christine, realising early on that her son wouldn’t cope with chemotherapy because he hadn’t eaten properly for months and had then undergone a major operation, was already looking on the internet for alternative treatments.

Help Stop Cancer trustees David Sopp, Sharon Housden and Christine Bowyer-Sopp.

Help Stop Cancer trustees David Sopp, Sharon Housden and Christine Bowyer-Sopp.

She found lots of information and stories of people who had survived, but no help or support.

“Everyone thought I was mad,” said Christine. “They said you couldn’t treat people with alternative therapies, but I just knew in my heart and I had read so many cases online about people who had cured themselves of terminal cancer when the doctors had told them there was nothing they could do.”

It was some years before Christine felt able to function properly again, but in that time she had continued to research alternative cancer treatments and then began a blog to share some of her findings.

So many people responded that she set up the Help Stop Cancer charity and, with recent funding from the National Lottery, began the weekly support group.

She says: “When I wanted practical help and support there was nothing available. If I can help someone become cancer free it will mean Sean’s life and death wasn’t in vain.”

Just turn up at the group’s meeting or contact the helpline on 07818 627735.