Rob Delaney urges all parents to know surprising sign of a brain tumour after baby son died | The Sun

COMEDIAN and TV star Rob Delaney shares with parents a brain cancer warning sign in kids, after losing his baby son to the disease.

American Rob, 43, is best known for hit Channel 4 sitcom Catastrophe, which he stars in and writes with Sharon Horgan.


He lives in London with his teacher wife, who recently gave birth to their fourth child.

In January 2018, his son Henry died at just two years old after developing a brain tumour.

Speaking on Elizabeth Day's podcast, How to Fail, the actor said his family saw several doctors before getting the diagnosis.

"A tumour is hard to recognise in a small child," he explained.

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"One special symptom I like to talk about, just in case anyone every witnesses this so they can get a diagnosis faster, is the effortless vomiting."

When a healthy person vomits, they experience retching and pain.

"But if you have something in your head (such as a tumour) crowding space and pushing on your brain to vomit just comes up effortlessly without warning,or discomfort."

About 400 children in the UK develop brain tumours each year, with boys being more affected than girls, according to the Children's Cancer and Leukemia group.

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And some 85 children will die each year from the killer cancer.

What are the other brain cancer symptoms in children?

Cancer Research UK said brain cancer symptoms can vary between kids.

However, it’s important for them to see their GP and get them checked over if they have the following symptoms:

  • headaches
  • feeling or being sick
  • seizures (fits)
  • problems with their eyes or vision
  • problems with their strength, balance or coordination
  • changes in their behaviour
  • problems with their posture
  • delayed or stopped puberty
  • your baby's head measures larger than it should

Brain tumours can cause these symptoms because:

  • they take up space inside the skull when they grow
  • of the position of the tumour in the brain

Who is more at risk of developing a brain tumour?

Anybody can develop a brain tumour but research has shown that there are factors that can increase the chances of developing one.

People who have previously suffered from cancer are more at risk as are the elderly and people who have a family history of brain tumours.

HIV/AIDS sufferers are also twice as likely to develop a brain tumour and exposure to certain types of radiation also account for some growths.

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How can doctors treat brain tumours?

Treatment for brain tumours depends on where it is located and how advanced it is.

But the main treatment options include steroids, which can help to reduce the swelling around a tumour.

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This can be followed up with surgery to remove the tumour if it is safe to do so.

Other treatment options include chemotherapy and radiotherapy to get rid of any remaining cells left behind from surgery.

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