Much loved’ Dad-of-two dies just six weeks after being told he has cancer aged 42

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A dad-of-two has died from cancer just weeks after being diagnosed when he complained of stomach aches during Christmas.

Tragic Andrew Westwood was told he had colon and liver cancer on January 8 after undergoing tests in hospital to find out why he was in pain.

Doctors initially thought the cancer the 42-year-old had was curable but after more tests he was given the devastating news that it couldn’t be treated.

Andrew, from Brentwood, Essex, was given two to three months to live but died just six weeks later on February 17.

Andrew’s heartbroken sister Alison Westwood told the Sun everything ‘happened quickly’ after he fell ill during the festive period.

After he was diagnosed she said his health deteriorated quickly and he was in a lot of discomfort but he chose to stay close with his family so turned down palliative chemotherapy.

Instead he moved into his mum and dad’s house alongside his wife and two daughters so they could all be together.

She said: “He was offered palliative chemotherapy but he wouldn’t have been able to visit us with Covid-19 restrictions so we were given a couple more weeks together at home and he decided he wanted to do that.

“He deteriorated really quickly but when he was more with it, he was saying that he wanted them to be together and supported.”

Andrew grieving family includes his devastated parents, wife Lauren, 38, and daughters Hope, 10, and seven-year-old Grace.

Alison said before her brother died he asked his best friend to look after his wife and children who she said were always his “absolute priority”.

One of Andrew’s best pals and his relatives have set up a fundraising page to financially support Lauren and help the girls’ future.

The page says: “Andrew was loved by so many people, he was the best Daddy, husband, son, brother, uncle , brother in law, Nephew cousin and best friend anyone could have wished for.”

Alison said: “He’s (Andrew) not able to be there to provide for their future now and everyone wants to do something to help.

“It would make such a difference to the girls and give us a little peace of mind that something is there for the future and have that legacy for him.”

The page has raised more than £13,000 in five days and surpassed its £7,000 target.