Hull musician discovered he had cancer after missing high notes

Picture shows musician David Naylor from Hull who found out he had cancer when he started having trouble singing.
Picture shows musician David Naylor from Hull who found out he had cancer when he started having trouble singing.
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A musician was diagnosed with cancer when he stared missing the high notes as he was singing.

Dad-of-four Dave Naylor had no idea he was ill until a bandmates pointed out he wasn’t finishing off the notes in the harmonies.

Thinking he was just run down and tired, he was persuaded to go to the doctor and was stunned to discover his problem was caused by non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare cancer of the lymphatic system.

Dave, 49, said: “I play drums and sing quite tight harmonies in the group, but I found when I was singing some notes I wasn’t finishing them off as I should be.

“This was odd because I have quite a big set of lungs and could hold a note for quite a long time - I once held a note for 47secs.

“But now I just wasn’t getting them.”

He was playing three or four nights a week, returning home to Hull, in the early hours and then having to get up early to take his children to school.

After a while though he decided to see a doctor because “he didn’t feel right”, accompanied by his loving wife Torie, 30, a singer.

He was initially diagnosed with anaemia but his symptoms worsened and he had trouble with his stomach and swallowing.

He dropped three stone in weight, from 15st to 12st, in about 10 weeks.

He said: “I’m 6ft 4in and it weight I couldn’t really afford to lose and people were starting to tell me I didn’t look well.”

It was not until he paid a third visit to hospital in February that doctors

recognised it was something more serious, he was given a CT scan and the cancer

was discovered.

Dave, who lives with his wife, there children and his two children - Phoebe, 14 and Marshall, 11- from a previous marriage, said he is remaining positive.

He has now undergone his third bout of chemotherapy, with three more to go, and says doctors are confident he will recover.