Anthony Sykes: The road to recovery

Anthony-300pxrevAnthony Sykes, knows first-hand how challenging a diagnosis of cancer can be. His particular experience demonstrates the crucial importance of expert medical care.

In the summer of 2005, Anthony noticed a small lump growing on the side of his neck. Preliminary discussions with his GP suggested it was not serious, however, his wife, Nancy, insisted that he needed a second opinion and so he was referred to Peter Rhys–Evans, a surgical oncologist at The Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea. After an in-depth examination, a diagnosis of tonsillar cancer was made.

Anthony underwent surgery to remove the tonsillar lump, followed by an intense treatment phase, including chemotherapy and daily radiotherapy. Although successful, this process came with gruelling side effects, including not being able to eat or drink normally, significant weight loss and the temporary loss of his ability to taste and smell.

Despite this, Anthony’s optimism never wavered and he continued to go about his daily life as normally as possible. His determination remained constant and to the delight of family and friends he made a full recovery five years later. Anthony credits the excellent work of consultants Peter Rhys–Evans and Professor Chris Nutting, whose specialist skills reassured him that his health was in the safest hands.

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