THE BRAVE schoolboy who flew out to Turkey for cancer treatment the NHS cannot fund responded well to his first procedure, his family have announced.

Charlie Isley is currently at Memorial Hospital in Ankara where he is undergoing Cyberknife treatment, a precise radiosurgery that is only available in Europe and USA.

Young Charlie, of Emmer Green, Reading was first diagnosed with a brain tumour called medulloblastoma when he was just eight years old.

He endured emergency surgery to remove the tumour and went through several rounds of chemotherapy and stem cell transplants.

Charlie, 11, was recovering well until his family discovered the tumour had returned in two places on his spine in March this year.

A fundraising page was set up in order to fund Cyberknife treatment for the soon-to-be Highdown School pupil and it has raised more than £20,000 so far.

Charlie has now started the treatment and will have to undergo a course of chemotherapy next week before he is able to fly home.

A post on his fundraising page reads: "Charlie has had the first of six Cyberknife radiations today (Friday, August 3).

"He'll have three to each of the two tumours on his spine, one per day.

"Toni and Mark (Charlie's parents) are hugely relieved that the first one is over and feeling very reassured by the care he is receiving. They will need to say in Turkey for at least another three weeks.

"Thanks again to everyone who has helped to make this possible.

Donations towards Charlie's treatment have continued to pour in.

One Good Samaritan pledged £5,000 to the cause.

Toni Ilsley, Charlie's mother, told the Reading Chronicle: "We're so overwhelmed by the support we've had.

"People have stopped us in the street and given us money towards his fund."

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