SPECIAL treatment to shrink a rare malignant tumour has worked for Fleetwood youngster Molly Robinson.
The pioneering proton beam therapy, which eight-year-old Molly tavelled to America for, has shrunk the tumour to half its original size.
It’s the news the family had been hoping for, but Molly isn’t out of the woods yet.
The tumour is called rhabdomyosarcoma and attacks muscles attached to the bones – in Molly’s case affecting her face.
The tumour still has active cells and as it is so rare and is still at the research stage, oncologists are unsure whether the active cells are malignant or not.
So, they have decided to give Molly a further six months of chemotherapy which could hopefully kill it off once and for all.
Molly’s mum Alison, 38, said: “We are really pleased that the proton therapy has worked and also that they have decided to continue treating her.
“We were unsure whether or not they would give any more chemotherapy, there was talk of leaving it to see how things went.
“But we really wanted more treatment because there is more chance of getting rid of it. If they had left it, the active cells could make the tumour grow again and we would be back to square one.
“We just want to get it over and done with.”
Molly, a pupil at St. Wulstan’s and St. Edmund’s RC Primary School, and has an older sister called Jess and a little brother called Harry, was diagnosed with the condition in the summer last year.
Since then the family have spent 13 weeks in Oklahoma whilst Molly had the specialist proton therapy treatment.
Back home an amazing series of fund raisers in Fleetwood raised thousands of pounds to help the family cover costly living expenses in America.
Alison’s mum Barbara Postle said: “Molly is good in herself she still gets some pain but she is doing ok.
“She’ll go to Christie Hospital twice a week for intravenous chemotherapy and the other days it will be done at home orally. “We just have to stay positive.”