THE shocked parents of little fighter Oscar Knox have used social media to reveal that his battle with cancer is not over.
Devastated Stephen and Leona have revealed that Oscar’s cancer has returned with avengance and they are now preparing for another round to help him fight it off.
Leona penned on Oscar’s blog: “Can’t believe I’m sitting down to write this piece – I haven’t even recorded all the good news and happy times we’ve had over this past few months….
“We’ve had some terrible news – Oscar’s cancer has returned, the disease is extensive, and it’s spreading rapidly.
“We found out six days ago that he had relapsed after suddenly developing symptoms during our last few days in Scotland.
“We saw the full extent of it in the scans he had today. It’s not good, we are totally heartbroken and very frightened about what lies ahead.
“Our little man is in excruciating pain, not eating or drinking, and finding it very difficult to walk.
“The priority right now is to relieve his pain with regular and increasing morphine, and to decide on and begin a treatment plan ASAP.
“We have some very difficult choices to make, but more importantly Oscar has ANOTHER incredibly tough battle on his hands.
“Please please send every positive thought you have our way, and support our brave wee Oscar as he fights for his life once more.
“Stephen and I are shocked, scared, and overwhelmed by this news. We thank everyone for their incredible ongoing support, but need space and time to deal with everything.
“I’m sure this goes without saying, but we ask for no media requests.
“Thanks guys, lets get #TeamOscar back on the rollercoaster, and tackle this beast as the main man has previously shown us how.
“We love you so much Oscar.”
In April, the family were jubilant after they given the news that Oscar had beaten off the raveages of cancer.
The four-year-old was given the news at hospital when doctors told him and his parents: We can’t find any cancer in your body.
Scores of well done messages have been pouring in from all parts of Northern Ireland and the UK at his fantastic news.
It is a far cry from last December when brave Oscar arrived home to Northern Ireland after a failed attempt at specialist treatment.
The battling four-year-old, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, was unable to undergo a six-month treatment in Philadephia after a problem was discovered with his heart.
His condition situation deteriorated, but he has recovered enough to make the transatlantic journey home
Posting on Twitter, his family said he had arrived back by air ambulance just after Christmas.
“Flight was good and all is well,” the family wrote on the social networking site.
They added that while they did not “get what we went out for” they were pleased to be home.
Writing on the Oscar Knox appeal blog his mother Leona said they felt “lost” but that they would continue to search for a treatment.
“We are back to the drawing board, and very much looking forward to fully assessing our new position with Oscar’s fantastic and very supportive consultant back home,” she said.
“We need some time to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down, and prepare for the next step. Whatever it may be.
“As always, in the rare times that we feel deflated, we look to Oscar for courage to keep fighting.”
Oscar won the hearts of people across the world after his family set up a twitte account to update people.
The County Antrim family raised £250,000 to pay for the immunotherapy treatment.
The aim of the treatment was to clear up any neuroblastoma left in his body.
His parents said the treatment would have boosted his immune system to fight the cancer if it was ever to come back.