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WEB REVIEW – Raising £40k for little boy’s US proton treatment

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Jayden Nicol, a brave British six-year-old, has flown to the US to fight his cancer and undergo potentially life-saving proton therapy treatment after his family rallied to raise £40,000 in just three weeks. Jayden was first seen by doctors when his family took him to St John’s Hospital in Livingston after he was sick every morning for weeks. An MRI scan revealed a massive tumor on his brain stem. He was diagnosed with an ependymoma, a rare form of tumor which affects the central nervous system, and underwent a ten-hour operation that left him in a wheelchair. His family has been working round the clock to collect the cash needed to fund their visit to Florida after doctors insisted the move was their best hope. They were able to raise an astonishing £40,300 to cover the cost... Full article

WEB REVIEW – 6-year-old bravely battling brain cancer

Kailyn is fighting ependymoma, a rare form of brain cancer
Kailyn Hewitt is much like any other 6-year-old girl who likes swimming, coloring and playing dress up, except she has already endured 3 brain surgeries and many other setbacks from her rare form of cancer.   On August 23rd last year, the little girl was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma, a rapidly growing type of brain cancer, found near her cerebellum and brain stem. Approximately 200 similar cases are... Full article

WEB REVIEW — More kids treated with proton therapy

According to a study released by the Pediatric Proton Foundation (PPF) and the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT), the number of children with brain and spinal cancers treated with proton therapy in the U.S. has risen 33% since 2010. 465 pediatric patients were treated with proton therapy in 2010 and 613 in 2011. In 2012, they were 694, 57% of them being less than 10 years old, with a curable brain tumor or axial sarcoma, the survey reports. "Parents need to understand that proton therapy offers distinct advantages for their child's treatment over traditional radiation,"... Full article