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Stephen Sutton Rejects Cancer 'Duping' Claims
A terminally ill teenager who has raised more than £3m for charity has denied "duping" people after being released from hospital following a dramatic improvement in his condition.
Stephen Sutton, who was diagnosed with incurable colorectal cancer aged 15, was recently discharged after saying he had "coughed up a tumour".
This has led to some people questioning his story, but Mr Sutton has responded by insisting that he still has incurable cancer.
Replying to one user on Twitter, Mr Sutton, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, wrote: "Sorry to disappoint you! So you know, I still have my cancer and it's still incurable, if that makes you feel less 'duped' x."
The Birmingham Mail has reported that one person wrote on its Facebook page: "Am I the only one who thinks something is not quite right here? While I hope I am wrong it feels like we are being conned.
"One minute he tweets saying he is dying and won't see the next day, then all of a sudden he is being released to go home.
"As I said, I hope I am wrong but I have a strange feeling about this."
Writing on Twitter on Monday, Stephen, 19, said: "I just gave a quick response, thought nothing of it and was (and still am) completely unaffected by it.
"Trolls and cynics exist. It's a shame. But just try not to retaliate too aggressively or get too riled.
"Like I've said before: On the whole people are 'good', lets concentrate on that."
Justin Stebbing, professor of cancer medicine and oncology at Imperial College, London, told Sky News it was possible for some cancer patients to cough up tumours and have temporary respite in their condition.
He said: "I think Stephen's an amazing young man, and it's incredible what he has done.
"It's quite feasible for people to cough up pieces of tumour and be able to leave hospital.
"But unfortunately, cancer sometimes affects young people and he looks like he's a very sick young man."
A spokeswoman for Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where Mr Sutton was being treated for multiple tumours, declined to comment on his case on the grounds of patient confidentiality.
Mr Sutton experienced a huge surge in donations to his JustGiving page after celebrities used Twitter to highlight his fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Raising £1m for charity had been one of the items on his "bucket list" of 46 things to do.
On Sunday he ticked another item off the list when he set a Guinness World Record for the most people making a heart-shaped hand gesture - more than 500 people.