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Fans send their support as Bristol Rovers player gives update on his battle with cancer

Fans send their support as Bristol Rovers player Nick Anderton gives an update via the club website on his ongoing battle with cancer.

The former Preston, Chorley, Gateshead, Barrow, Aldershot, Blackpool, Accrington and Carlisle, says cancerous cells in a tumour he recently had removed were more aggressive than previously thought.

It means the defender as to undergo a period of chemotherapy that is expected to last for several months.

He was in July diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, having undergone surgery in October to remove part of the affected bone in his femur. 


Following the recent announcement regarding Nick Anderton and his diagnosis of Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, the club would like to provide an update.

Nick, 26, underwent a successful operation on Wednesday 5th October to remove the tumorous area.

Following this operation, the tumour was sent off for further analysis and the biopsy revealed that the cancerous cells were more aggressive than previously thought. Due to this, Nick was informed that he would require chemotherapy treatment. This process has now begun and will last several months.

Obviously, this has come as a shock to Nick and his family, and the club would like to reiterate its unwavering support for him.

CEO Tom Gorringe said: “As a club, we are extremely close so, when we hear news like we have received with Nick, it affects everyone. Sadly, the prognosis Nick has received has developed over the past few months, but we are all incredibly thankful that it was uncovered as early as it was and that he has been afforded such great care and support early on.

“Nick remains an integral part of our squad and everyone has remained in constant contact with him to offer our support and to do what we can to try and help him and his family through this difficult time.

“Nick’s response and positivity, despite the adversity he is currently facing, is admirable and he is an inspiration to us all. I have no doubt that he will tackle his chemotherapy like he has the various hurdles that have been placed in front of him already and we look forward to welcoming him back to The Mem once his course has finished.

Nick said: “I would like to thank my family, friends, fans, teammates and the whole football community for their support – it means the world to me.”


As mentioned, fans send their support as the Bristol Rovers player gives an update on his battle with cancer …

@jugglingmum2011: Love and thoughts and an even louder clap of support on the 16th minute I’m sure will follow 💙

@Respecthecake: Stay strong @nickanderton_ you got this 💪🏼 everyone is right beside you ! UTG

@sjreynolds1883: ***king hate cancer. It took our son at 13 so this is close to home. Please pass on my (and the wife’s) best wishes to @nickanderton_ he is in our thoughts every day, and the reason I’m warming my hands in every 16th minute at the Mem!

@AlanLJWard: Not the update we had hoped for. Keep your spirits up and carry on fighting. 💙🤍

@stephen_dimmock: Such sad news, keep fighting Nick!

@OwenSmith1883: Thinking of you nick 💙 keep battling 🤍

@bcfc_kingers: Really sad news, hope he keeps fighting and beats this. Stay strong @nickanderton_

@northReds1: Best wishes from the red side of Bristol and keep up the fight 👊

@Finchr24: Stay strong. You’ve got this 💪🏼

@wils82: Best wish from nick from a city fan cancer has no colour and rivalry goes out the window when it’s someone’s your beat this fella

@KidPirate67: Always Supporting You Nick! 💙


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NHS Choices – Cancer


Comprehensive overview to cancer with extensive links to specific conditions.

MacMillan Cancer Care

Helpline: 0808 808 00 00 to talk to a cancer nurse


We are a source of support, helping with all the things that people affected by cancer want and need. It’s not only patients who live with cancer, we also help carers, families and communities. We guide people through the system, supporting them every step of the way. If you have any questions about cancer, need support, or if you just want someone to talk to, call the free helpline.

Cancer Help UK

Helpline: 0808 800 4040


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Cancer Support UK


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Maggie’s Centres


Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.

Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need. Our Centres are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; places where qualified experts provide emotional support; places to meet other people; places where you can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.

Shine Cancer Support


Our vision is that every adult in the UK diagnosed with cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s can access the help and support that they need in a way that suits their lifestyle, and are a part of a confident, supportive and empowered community of young adults with cancer. Our mission is to provide tailored information and peer support for anyone diagnosed with any cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s through a range of activities.

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