When Noah was six months old, he was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma and given a 30% chance of survival. A month later, Noah became the youngest child at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) ever to undergo a pioneering and gruelling new treatment combination. Noah recovered and is now a “gorgeous, happy, cheeky little boy”. The experience even inspired his mother, Kerenza, to train as a doctor. Here, Kerenza shares the family’s story.
On 5th October 2011, at only six weeks old, baby Christianne had an ultrasound on her abdomen at her local hospital and it was discovered she had a tumour in her adrenal gland. Unfortunately the tumour had already spread to her liver, which dangerously increased it in size.
Kiss it Better is an initiative to raise money for research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer – the biggest disease affecting children today. The appeal was co-founded by Clinique and Carmel Allen, whose daughter, Josephine, was treated at the hospital for neuroblastoma. To raise money for the campaign, Clinique has created a special new limited edition Kissable Lip Set.
Hello, my name is Josephine but everyone calls me Jojo. I’m just 10 years old – my birthday is on New Year’s Day so that’s easy to remember!
I was a baby when I first came to Great Ormond Street Hospital and have been coming back ever since. I have seen photos of me as a baby with a “trache”, that’s a tube in my neck and I have a scar where it was now which looks a bit like a hole, but it’s not anymore. The children in Year One sometimes ask what it is. That was to help me breathe.
High risk Neuroblastoma is one of the most common and hardest cancers to treat in children. An 18 country Europe wide study has demonstrated the benefit of a new European high dose chemotherapy protocol.