'We dealt with it by carrying on': Nick Clegg and wife Miriam reveal teenage son's brave blood cancer fight

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The moment Nick Clegg and his wife had to tell their eldest son he had blood cancer was one of the “toughest things” for the family, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez has said.

The former deputy prime minister and Ms Gonzalez Durantez told ITV’s Lorraine Kelly how their son Antonio, now 15, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last year.

He found a small, painless lump in his neck and tests found he also had lymphoma across his chest.

After receiving treatment on the NHS at University College Hospital in London, including four monthly cycles of chemotherapy and heavy steroids, and suffering severe side effects including hair loss, vomiting and fatigue, he is now in remission.

Nick Clegg and wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez. (Getty Images)

His mother said: “We dealt with it by carrying on and trying to keep things as close to the routine that we had beforehand and also being very open.

“The day that he was told, and I think that probably us telling him is one of the toughest things that we have ever done, the following day he went to school, he stood up and he told everybody ‘I have cancer’.

“That’s the way he dealt with it but other children and other families deal with it in a different way, you have to find your way.”

Mr Clegg said: “He gets tested every three months, I think for a couple of years, so there is always a slight spike of anxiety with us every three months but basically he is on the road to recovery.”

The couple are raising awareness of the charity Bloodwise, which launched a report today urging more research into less toxic treatments for children with cancer.

The charity said blood cancer is the most common type among children and young people.


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