A granddad died from a rare cancer – which doctors initially mistook for hay fever .

Chris Fidock, 57, first became unwell in August 2017 but his symptoms were dismissed as minor.

After about a month and numerous hospital visits doctors told him he had cholangiocarcinoma, a rare bile duct cancer.

After a tough battle Chris, a father-of-three, finally succumbed to his illness and passed away in June last year.

Now, members of Chris's family have organised a memorial fun day in his memory and to raise awareness of the disease.

His son Sam, 30, said: "My father bravely fought this cancer before finally losing his battle in June 2018, less than a year after his diagnosis.

"When he first became unwell in August 2017, he was initially diagnosed with hay fever, which seemed most surprising given that my father had been a keen gardener since his teens.

"However, it wasn't until September 2017 and after numerous hospital visits, that the diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma was made."

Cholangiocarcinoma is a type of cance r that forms in the bile ducts, and symptoms include abdominal pain, yellowish skin, weight loss, generalised itching, and fever.

Sam continued: "Unfortunately, there is no cure for this little-known cancer.

"My father did undertake an experimental treatment in hospital but, having proved unsuccessful, he subsequently retired to be with his family in his final months.

"This event will be an important way for his family to remember an amazing husband, father, grandfather, friend and much-loved member of the local community.


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