A father who was given just months to live has been given the ALL CLEAR from cancer after a ‘world first’ operation.
Ivan Dagg, 53, was told he had just a 6% chance of successful chemotherapy treatment after being diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer in 2013.
But, after five years of multiple tumour removals and a ‘wold-first’ liver operation, the father-of-two has been given the all clear, reports Hull Live .
Ivan, an inspection engineer from Hull, first noticed something wasn’t right with his health when he began losing weight and feeling constantly exhausted five years ago.
After being diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer, Ivan’s health further deteriorated when the cancer spread to his liver – meaning he needed four procedures and chemo to save his life.
Last January, Ivan underwent his final surgery – with doctors saying without the procedure, he only had "a few months to live".
The operation at Spire Hospital in Leeds was hailed as a "world-first" after doctors found Ivan had grown a new vein in his liver, opening up a new and previously unknown avenue to recovery for others with a similar condition.
Speaking about his emotional cancer journey, Ivan said: "The last few years have been a rollercoaster. I’m finally feeling positive about my future.
“I woke up after surgery and Professor Lodge told me he had been able to remove the tumour. That was fantastic to hear.
“Now I’m back at work and looking forward to the future with my family. Nobody knows what’s going to happen in the future but I feel very lucky. There could have been a very different outcome.”
Ivan’s surgery was carried out by Professor Peter Lodge, who described the surgery as "very high risk".
Speaking about the complicated procedure, world-leading expert in liver surgeries Prof Lodge said: "Things went well so we were able to remove the tumour successfully along with the major hepatic veins, leaving Ivan’s liver surviving on only the new vein.
“If he had not grown a new vein then I would not have been able to do the surgery. This was very high-risk and extremely complicated liver surgery and one of the most difficult that I have ever had to do.
“Without surgery, Ivan would have been faced with having only a few months to live. I think that chemotherapy may have given him a few extra months but that’s all. It’s still early days but I’m very pleased with Ivan’s progress.”
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