A former Rotherham GP with a brain tumour has welcomed a new report tackling underfunding of the disease.
Vetri Velamail, of Wickersley, was diagnosed with an incurable aggressive brain tumour in 2009 and told he had a prognosis of nine to 12 months.
Defying statistics, Vetri will have survived for seven years since his diagnosis on December 18 this year.
And now the 56-year-old has spoken out about Brain Tumour Research’s National Research Funding Report which was published earlier this month, addressing the historical underfunding of research into brain tumours and the devastating consequences of limited treatment options for patients and families.
“It doesn’t make sense to think that brain tumours kills more under 40s than any other cancer yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to this devastating disease,” said Vetri.
“Brain tumour patients and their families are being let down. So little is known about this dreadful disease and treatment options remain limited. No real improvement has been made for years and this must change. Brain tumours are indiscriminate, they can affect anyone at any age and incidences of, and deaths from, brain tumours are increasing.”
Vetri, who attended his eldest son Matt’s wedding just last weekend, added: “I have been in remission since May 2012, having all the treatments available in the UK. I count myself very lucky.
“Almost seven years ago, when I was diagnosed, I never envisaged I would be here today, but now I fully intend to be around when my daughter, Katy, graduates in July 2020 and when she and my youngest son, Thomas, get married.”