THEY had waited several, anxious weeks for the news.
But when it finally came from doctors, there were celebrations in the Field household in Dalton.
Toddler Oliver Field – who has been battling a rare form of cancer for most of his young life – has just been given the best possible news.
A series of exhaustive tests have revealed no evidence of the neuroblastoma which have meant constant injections, operations and endless hours in a hospital.
Mum Laura said: “It’s not the all clear but it is the best possible news we could have had at this stage.
“Oliver will still have to have regular check-ups every couple of months but there is the hope that five years down the line, he can finally be said to be clear.
“It is a very aggressive form of cancer and one that can return but it was the news we had hoped for. There were mixed emotions and even a few tears, thinking back over what we have been through and the other families we have met and those still fighting.
“We had a meal out with family members and now we can start to hopefully enjoy some of the things that youngsters do, like days out and visits.
“We still have to be careful as Oliver is prone to infections but although he is not classed as cured, it is good news.”
Oliver was diagnosed when he was just eight months old. He is now 22 months.
He has undergone various forms of treatment which has entailed numerous visits to hospital to try and treat a tumour which began in the adrenal gland and runs through to the abdomen, chest and the skull following the line of the spinal cord.
He has been spending two weeks at home, one week at Leeds General Infirmary and one week as a day patient at the same hospital.
Laura and husband Paul had also set up the Oliver Field Appeal, to raise money which they may need for treatment.
If the condition were to return, he may have to have further specialised treatment.
“Although it is great news today, he is not cured”, said Laura.
“The fundraising will continue and we are so grateful for all the support we have had so far.
“If Oliver does finally get the all clear, the money can be used to help another child who is also suffering. The charity who run the appeal will make sure it goes to a deserving cause.”
The fund has already topped £22,000.
To find out more or donate to the Oliver Field Appeal visit: www.theoliverfieldappeal