Milnrow family reveal young daughter's brain tumour is now stable after treatment

Date published: 16 January 2019

The parents of a brave toddler from Milnrow who was battling brain cancer have been given the wonderful news that no more treatment is required as their daughter’s tumour is now stable.

Lauren Thornton and Kevin McNulty received the news on Monday (14 January) after their daughter Bodie, two, received her scan results at the Christie after undergoing lifesaving proton bean therapy in Germany last year.

Mum Lauren said: “We were given the brilliant news on Monday that Bodie’s tumour is now classed as stable.

“From her scans, it’s impossible for anyone to know if all of her tumour has gone, and if what we’re seeing now is just scar tissue, but for the first time Bodie doesn’t need any more treatment.

She added: “She’s doing amazingly.”

In just over two years, Bodie has undergone 13 surgeries, 12 months of chemotherapy and 30 doses of proton beam therapy.

The brave little girl was initially diagnosed with a brain tumour shortly after Christmas 2016 when she was just 10 months old, undergoing two extensive operations, which only removed half of the tumour.

Two weeks after the operation, Bodie was diagnosed with a Grade Three Anaplastic Posterior Fossa Ependymoma, the third most common type of childhood brain tumour.

After further surgery, a small inoperable amount of the tumour was left behind in her brainstem, which was treated using proton beam therapy, which avoids targeting healthy brain tissue, unlike photon radiotherapy.

Bodie will now undergo regular scans every three months to check for any changes or growth.

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