A dad who thought he was experiencing shoulder pain from a previous operation was stunned to be told that he had a rare form of cancer.

Allan Jones was told the tumour is incurable and inoperable and medics are now trying to slow down the cancer to give the 48-year-old more time.

The former pub landlord, who lives with his wife Becky, 47, in Runcorn started to experience pain in his right shoulder in July this year, Liverpool Echo report.

He visited a walk-in treatment centre, but the pain worsened.

"He has always suffered a bit with his back because of an operation when he had a disc removed.

"We just assumed it was that because his shoulder drops when he's in pain.

"He went to the walk-in-centre in Halton Hospital but the pain seemed to get progressively worse.

"A few days later, he went back and they thought it might have been a blood clot because he was complaining it was hurting when he was breathing."

Becky said she took Allan to Warrington Hospital where they initially thought he had tendonitis in his shoulder and ran some tests.

He was also given a CT scan because of the pain he was experiencing while breathing.

Becky said: "The scan revealed it wasn't a blood clot but they saw something on his liver at the bottom of the scan."

Allan and Becky with Becky's son Aaron and Allan's daughter Marcia
Allan and Becky with Becky's son Aaron and Allan's daughter Marcia

Allan was kept in overnight for further scans and the next day his family received a call.

Becky said: "Me and his mum and his dad got called to the hospital on the Tuesday to say that it was cancer.

"It hit him hard because he blames himself really bad as he's always smoked.

Becky added: "The doctors explained you don't have pain from your liver as such - they said the way the liver disperses pain is in your right shoulder."

The tumour found in Allan's liver was the cause of his shoulder pain, and a few weeks, a biopsy revealed even more devastating news.

Allan was told he had a rare form of cancer called a neuroendocrine tumour in his liver.

Medics told the family, only 36,000 people in the world have this form of cancer diagnosed every year, and that Allan's tumour was incurable and inoperable.

Doctors at the Clatterbridge Centre in Liverpool are now treating him with hormone injections in the hope of slowing down the cancer to give Allan a bit more time.

Depending on the outcome of the injections, he may then be given a course of radiotherapy and further scans are still needed to determine where the cancer has spread.

A Gofundme page has been set up by a family friend to try and help Allan - who is unable to work - during this time.

If you would like to donate to help Allan, click here to be taken to the fundraising page

Allen and Becky
Allen and Becky

Allan and Becky - who both have children from previous relationships - met sixteen years ago on a blind date and were married just nine months later after a whirlwind romance.

For most of that time they have run pubs together before, more recently, both going on to work in the prison service.

Becky said: "We've never been on holiday, it's always been work work work, the years we've been together.

"We were going to go to America for his 50th, but now all that has gone right out of the window."

In a statement on the fundraising page, Becky added: "We have worked, lived, loved and laughed our way through life together. We have made some incredible memories along the way.

"And that will continue with the time we have ahead of ourselves."

Allan said: "As much as I may fight (and I will never stop) this is one battle I am not going to win. The cancer I have 90% of the time is not diagnosed until it becomes a secondary in another organ or part of the body and I fall into that 90%."

Adding: "It’s been a pleasure knowing every single one of you and please all of you live your lives to the MAX because none of us know when it will be over. Love you all."

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