Troubador The Treatment

Released: 28/01/2020

ISBN: 9781838591328

eISBN: 9781838597573

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Treatment

“First Do No Harm”

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In 2013 Sally Roberts was made a scapegoat while fighting for a better clinical deal for her son Neon. Stripped of her parental rights, Neon was denied an advanced treatment which at the time was held as having quackery status.

Since this landmark case there has been a complete about-turn by the UK medical establishment, and the first Proton Beam Therapy centre has now opened its doors in the UK. Even the lead radiologist in Neon’s case has since completely revised his opinion of this treatment. The treatment Neon was prevented from having is now advocated as a treatment of the future.

Sally tells her and Neon’s story in this extraordinarily dramatic memoir that is both heart-rending and inspiring; a parents’ worst nightmare told through the eyes of a mother in the line of fire from the medical establishment and media. This is a journey both gruelling and unthinkable to most people, yet the power of its message is inexorable and its outcome ultimately uplifting and beneficent.

Sally talks of her experiences when her seven year old son, Neon, was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma (a brain tumour). The medical professionals explained that he would need immediate surgery to remove it. After the surgery the news was good, the tumour had been removed, had not spread and he was free from cancer.
However, Sally was told that despite the diagnosis, Neon would still need to undergo six weeks of daily radiotherapy and then a year of chemotherapy. Upon asking why such treatment was necessary Sally was told that it was the gold-standard treatment of the NHS and had been since the 1940’s. It does not differ from person to person and applies in every case. Whilst an adult can refuse treatment, a child cannot and nor can a parent on their behalf.
Sally was understandably concerned about the short term and more worryingly the severe long term effects of radiotherapy with no proven benefits for a seven year old who was free from cancer. The statistics on children of the children of this ‘gold-standard treatment’ are woefully limited.
Sally tried her best to fight for what she believed to be best the treatment for her son but nobody was listening to her.
Sally comes across as an incredibly sensible, caring, loving mother who was treated appallingly and vilified by the media. She writes incredibly well and makes it clear that everyone facing the situation she did, or making any health decisions must do their own research and make their own decisions.
The Treatment is a very interesting and inspirational book.

by NetGalley review


A very hard read but well worth it. A very traumatic experience her son went through, but on top of that what she had to deal with as well, is admirable. I hope that her story gets the much needed attention it so truly deserves!

by Natalie


A haunting true story of a mother who's child develops cancer at a young age. Sally defies medicine and advice from experts to ensure her son gets a chance to have more advanced medical treatment with less stunting side effects. To be quite honest, I have no knowledge of cancer treatment and this enlightened me to how medical staff, especially in the UK, immediately gravitate towards Chemo and radiotherapy. Many consequences of these for young children affects the way that they develop and mature into adults, both mental and physical implications.

People underestimate a mothers instinct. Knowing her child, and knowing he deserved more she risked legal action/imprisonment/and a hefty fine, to fight for a real chance that her child deserved.

by Sophie


Sally J Roberts

Sally J Roberts already had the breakdown of her marriage and moving home to contend with when her seven year old son, Neon, was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma brain tumour. To be faced with every parents nightmare was made more difficult by an inflexible protocol which threatened to do more harm than good. Sally absconding with Neon led to a High Court judge identifying Sally and Neon’s identities, resulting in a distorted story told worldwide. Sally tells us in her memoir, the treatment, what happened in her own words.

Sally has spent equal years in the United Kingdom as her birth place, New Zealand. She lived a short time in London and a decade in Devon, before settling down in Brighton.

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