Uckfield man’s 19kg cancer ordeal leads to fund raising day

Carol and Adrian Carn
Carol and Adrian Carn

Five months after having a massive 19kg cancerous growth removed from his stomach, an Uckfield man hopes to have raised £2,000 for the hospital that saved his life.

Adrian Carn and his wife Carol, along with friends Barry and Tina Tyler and Danielle Smith, landlady of the Maidens Head, Uckfield, organised a day of fundraising, including a head shave, sponsored walk, bouncy castle, raffle and Man versus Food competition, won by Adrian.

Walkers carried an Olympic Torch loaned by Barry West and at the Brickmakers Arms in Ridgewood were given donations as people queued to be photographed holding it.

Adrian, 45, of Manor Park, said money was still coming in for the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

He was told the tumour had been growing in his stomach for years.

“At my age I just assumed I was putting on weight through drinking and eating,” he said.

On holiday in Turkey last September he saw a lump in his stomach and his doctor thought he had a hernia.

At Christmas Adrian started feeling out of breath, was unable to eat like normal and was feeling ‘uncomfortable’ and shaky.

Wondering if he was diabetic, he went back to his doctor but tests came back clear.

At the end of February he was referred to Eastbourne hospital where he had a CAT scan which revealed a massive tumour.

“To say it was a kick in the teeth was an understatement,” said Adrian.

“The doctor showed with his hands it was roughly the size of a tennis ball.”

Referred to the Royal Marsden, it was a staff nurse there who showed him the scan. “It was massive,” he said. “The bit in the middle was cancerous.”

Estimated to be ten to 12 kilos, the mass removed weighed more than 19kg and Adrian said his weight went from 19 stone 4 before the operation to 15 stone 11 after.

He had to have a kidney removed as well but has needed no further treatment.

“It is only the fact I pushed it a bit that the cancer was discovered but I’m definitely one of the lucky ones as I’ve not had the horrible treatment that goes with it,” he said.

“I will be glad to see the back of this year. I’ve put a bit of weight on again now as it makes you realise you have to live life to the full.”