Campaign for better brain tumour care backed by mother

Rochelle Rudolph
Image caption Rochelle Rudolph's son was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June 2007

A Greater Manchester mother, whose son survived a brain tumour, is backing a manifesto being put to Parliament for people affected by the condition.

Rochelle Rudolph, from Whitefield, is joining in the campaign to get better care for people with brain tumours.

Her son Taylor Rudolph, now eight, was diagnosed with a tumour in June 2007.

She hopes the manifesto will result in others getting more support than her family did in what she describes as "a very scary time".

'Must be done'

Rochelle said Taylor was treated very well when he was in hospital, however, once he left the hospital there was no after care.

"I would like to see more emotional support and information for patients and families going through this," said Ms Rudolph.

"We had no-one to talk to and after the operation there was no follow up support at a local level."

Eye specialists initially thought Taylor had a lazy eye after he failed an eye test at school and he was prescribed glasses and an eye patch.

However, when his vision got worse he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and underwent major brain surgery and radiotherapy.

He has serious health issues following the tumour including the loss of vision in his right eye.

The Chief Executive of Brain Tumour UK Jenny Baker said the manifesto handed to Parliament "sets out solutions" which would transform the lives of people affected by brain tumours.

She said: "Far much more must be done to diagnose and treat brain tumours more effectively."

The manifesto was drawn up by a coalition of charities; Brain Tumour UK, the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust and Brain Tumour Research and the International Brain Tumour Alliance.

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