A TERMINALLY ill karate expert hopes a trip to a controversial American clinic has bought him time to raise £60,000 for new radical radiation treatment.
Father-of-three Paul Coleman, 58, of Headington, Oxford, was diagnosed last July with prostate cancer that had spread to his bones.
Given as little as three years to live, he hoped to enter a drug trial to prolong his life and spend more time with his wife Natasha, 32, and their two-year-old son Blade.
But he was denied treatment with enzalutamide and radium 223 on the NHS.
On January 6, his 58th birthday, he flew to California where he spent four weeks at the pH Miracle Center. The site, which has been the subject of a police inquiry, offers alternative treatments aimed at improving diet.
Mr Coleman, above, said: “The pH Miracle programme is not medical and does not pretend to be. It is purely alternative and involves removing the acidity from your body, taking it back to a healthy pH level to slow the spread of the cancer.
“I spent my days exercising and eating organic foods and before I left I had an ultrasound scan which apparently showed my prostate and the lesion upon it are smaller.
“I need to get this confirmed here with another scan.”
He hopes to return to America later this year for radium 223, a new type of internal radiotherapy used to treat cancers that have spread to the bone.
Mr Coleman set up Oxford Karate Academy 40 years ago and, as well as producing 92 black belts, has travelled the world with the sport.
Yesterday, Senshi Martial Arts held a fundraiser for his cancer treatment fund at Exeter Hall, Kidlington.
Eight performers from the Oxford Capoeira Angola team – which combines martial arts, dance and acrobatics – performed at the event.
Student Chris Graham, 34, of Headington, said: “It was really nice to do something to support Mr Coleman when he is going through this difficult time.”
- Donations to the Paul Coleman cancer treatment fund can be made via bank sort code: 77-23-13; account number: 85618660.