A family from England traveled more than 4,500 miles to Oklahoma City to get proton therapy treatment and save their 2-year-old daughter from a growing tumor.
Bethany Barsby is fighting a rare form of cancer that developed in her muscle cheek called rhabdomyosarcoma. Only 350 cases are discovered in the United States every year and that number is even smaller in the U.K.
“We thought what the hospital thought : that it was a cyst,” said Bethany’s mom. “Then for the news to come back that it was an actual tumor, your world just come crashing down.”
Bethany has already had two surgeries and six months of intensive chemotherapy.
Dr. Michael Confer, Radiation Oncologist said : “She needed something else : either a major operation that would be quite deforming, but we don’t do that to kids, or radio therapy.”
Going under the knife could result in Bethany losing half of her face. Her family turned to the Procure Proton Therapy Center for a specialized form of radiation instead. The fight is not over for Bethany, but her dad knows his little girl will make it through.