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Notts smoker still smokes 5 a day after losing his tongue. A smoker who lost half his tongue after developing stage four mouth and throat cancer has revealed that he still smokes five cigarettes a day. James Upfield, 4.
During treatment, the former soldier, from Nottingham, died twice - once on the operating table and once after his 'lungs exploded'. He also developed motor neurone disease - a rare condition that progressively damages part of the nervous system - following radiotherapy. Now he has to liquidise all of his food as he is unable to produce any saliva and lost all of his natural teeth to radiation. Despite having tried everything from nicotine patches to going cold turkey, he has never managed to completely stop smoking. Mr Upfield, whose face has been misshapen by surgery to cut out part of his tumour, claims to still be addicted to the potentially deadly habit.
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James Upfield, 4. Having admitted that people think he is foolish for his continued smoking, he said: 'I wish I'd never started. I want to encourage people not to start. I'm not proud I'm still a smoker.'Advice from Cancer Research says that doctors should encourage patients to give up smoking before starting treatment. It continues to say that smokers should also give up after treatment to reduce the risk of cancer coming back.
Both tobacco and alcohol are known carcinogens – meaning they contain chemicals that can damage the DNA cells and lead to cancer. And the NHS cites them as the two leading causes of mouth cancer in the UK, according to its website. During treatment, the former soldier died twice - once on the operating table and once after his 'lungs exploded'Mr Upfield first went to see his GP after suffering repeated bouts of burning when he swallowed when he was 4.
The GP suggested it was tonsillitis, but he was immediately referred to Northampton General Hospital after a routine dental check- up. Looking back, if I’d known this would happen to me, I wouldn't have. I'm not proud I'm still a smoker.
James Upfield, 4. Here a tongue swab was taken. After receiving abnormal results, he was sent for biopsies and MRI scans, before the devastating news was broken in February 2. Mouth and tongue cancers are more common in people aged between 5.
Mr Upfield explained. He said: 'The cancer was stage four - the worst it can be. If there was stage five, that would've been that.'Tests indicated that the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes and, in July 2.
Now he has to liquidise all of his food as he is unable to produce any saliva and lost all of his natural teeth to radiation. His face has also been misshapen from surgery. But Mr Upfield stopped breathing during the operation and had to be resuscitated. He said: 'I died. Of course, I didn't know. I was unconscious.
There was no- one saying, . But once again, thanks to the doctors and nurses, I was bought round.'He underwent months of targeted chemotherapy to eradicate all traces of the tumour, before going on to have six weeks of radiotherapy.
Unfortunately, the radiotherapy led to him developing motor neurone disease – the same condition as physicist Professor Stephen Hawking. Links between high levels of radiation and the muscle- wasting illness have been explored for decades. Mr Upfield, who is medically retired, said: 'I was then in hospital for a long time. I underwent surgery to reconstruct my mouth and tongue, although I am due more.' While in hospital he befriended six other oral cancer patients, four of whom have sadly now died.
Despite having been cancer- free for three years, he still has to attend regular hospital appointments for the next two years, after which he will be in remission. In the meantime he is training for the London Marathon, and will be running in aid of the disability charity Scope. Despite having tried everything from nicotine patches to going cold turkey, he has never managed to completely stop smoking (pictured in hospital)Mr Upfield claims to still be addicted to the potentially deadly habit (pictured in hospital during his treatment)HOW SMOKING CAUSES CANCERSmoking is considered to be by far the biggest preventable cause of cancer. After years of research, scientists have made the link between the two clear.
The notoriously bad habit is responsible for more than a quarter of cancer- related deaths in the UK. Chemicals in cigarette smoke enter our blood stream and can then affect the entire body. It doesn't matter what kind of cigarette that is smoked as there is no way to safely inhale tobacco, experts warn. Source: Cancer Research UK He said: 'I’ve had so much support from Scope over the last few years. I wouldn’t be here without them and everything they have done for me.'Mr Upfield, who keeps going thanks to a positive outlook, is determined not to give in and to keep challenging himself.
He said: 'I'm barmy and that barminess has helped me. Three years ago I was 6. I have worked to get my fitness back and I am 1. I can either carry on with my life and be an active person, or I can just sit and slump at home – I have chosen to keep going and challenge myself.'I know that I am a timebomb in a sense, that anything could happen, but I stay positive.'There is more to life than feeling sorry for myself and having all these things happen to me in such a short space of time has made me a better person.'For the first time in my life I actually take the time to listen to other people.' Mr Upfield will be cheered on at The London Marathon by around 3. Anyone wanting to donate can do so here. For more information about Scope, visit its website.
What Do His Excuses Really Mean? I’ve been friends with this guy for nearly two years now and I’ve been completely hung up on him for about eleven months. For the majority of that time he was in a relationship that had been going on for a while, but about three months ago he ended it. A while later, we had a talk about our feelings for each other and he said that he wanted a relationship with me but that he needed a little time to get over what was quite a messy break- up (especially since his ex spread a few not- so- nice rumors about me and him following it). After the talk we got a lot closer and it felt like we were really going somewhere. He acted extremely distant towards me for the whole week and he’s been very flirty with a friend of mine who is actually in a relationship and trying to help me get to the bottom of all this. And now he’s saying that he doesn’t want a relationship with anyone until the next Uni year, which isn’t until September.
He’s also said that I’m free to do as I wish with any other guys since he doesn’t think it’s fair for me to have to . Is he relationship- shy because of his messy break- up? Did things get too real for him on the trip? Or, are all of these excuses his way of telling me that, when it comes down to it, he doesn’t actually want to be in a relationship with me? First, I will give this to you straight right off the top: His excuses are intended to make you abandon the thought of getting into a relationship with him. Nobody and I mean nobody has any idea when they’re going to be “ready” for a relationship – so when he says he’ll be ready next year, it has about as much basis in reality as the land of Narnia. The majority of men have no desire to get into a relationship with a woman when they know that they “got her where they want her” anyway.