Father of three from Derby loses fight with bowel cancer

A dad-of-three has died at the age of 37 after losing his battle with bowel cancer. Credit: ITV News Central

A dad-of-three has died at the age of 37 after losing his battle with bowel cancer.

37-year-old Adam Cattermole was diagnosed last October when he turned up to A&E at the Royal Derby Hospital complaining of stomach cramps.

Despite doctors removing a tumour the size of an apple, he was told he would never be cured and his cancer was terminal.

His wife Emma and family launched a fundraising appeal to pay for treatment not available on the NHS and raised more than £62,000.

However, earlier this month Mr Cattermole was told the cancer had spread to his lungs and abdomen, and palliative care was the next step. Then last week his kidneys began to fail.

On Monday he was told he had just days to live. By yesterday morning he had sadly died.

Mrs Cattermole, who is a mother to three young children said she hopes her husband's fight will help raise awareness about bowel cancer in younger people.

She says she has found comfort in the hundreds of "beautiful and thoughtful messages" from people all of which are "precious". She added that Adam will "live on" in their hearts.

Mr Cattermole was a well-known businessman in Derby and was a member of Marketing Derby's bondholder scheme.

Prior to his death, Mr Cattermole had used Twitter to keep people updated on his cancer fight.

Last week, he revealed doctors had given him a few months to live. Sadly, his condition deteriorated faster than expected.

He tweeted on May 20: "Well just a quick chat with my oncologist. Says BRAF mutant usually progresses quite rapidly once the chemo stops working. So they gave me a prediction. 2/3 months. Scary times."

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