Delight as scan gives cancer fighting Leeds tot the all-clear

Kendal Middleton Jessop. PIC: James Hardisty
Kendal Middleton Jessop. PIC: James Hardisty
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The family of a tot fighting an aggressive cancer have been told she is free from the disease.

Kendal Middleton Jessop has been treated for neuroblastoma for the past two years – but the four-year-old’s latest scan results show she now shows no sign of cancer.

Her parents Laine Jessop and Stuart Middleton said they were delighted with the news.

Her dad said: “She is cancer-free. It’s great news for Kendal. At least she’s got a fighting chance now.”

The youngster, from Swarcliffe, Leeds, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2012 after doctors found a tumour in her stomach.

She immediately started chemotherapy then had an operation, stem cell transplant and radiotherapy.

Earlier this year tests showed that she had relapsed in her leg and the little girl had to undergo further treatment, including chemotherapy.

Kendal has faced many setbacks, including picking up swine flu last winter, and her parents have been running a massive fundraising campaign to pay for possible treatment abroad.

This would have been needed if she had required techniques not available in the UK, but so far doctors in Leeds have been able to continue treating her.

Now, following the end of her latest bout of chemotherapy, a scan has shown that there is no trace of cancer.

Stuart said they couldn’t believe the good news.

“We were not expecting them to say that. We were expecting them to say there was no change in the disease and that they would be looking at alternative options.

“When she first relapsed, the doctor said it was highly unlikely she would be cured. He said it would be palliative treatment.”

Kendal’s parents are set to discover at the end of the week what continuing treatment she may need, which Stuart said was likely to be a “maintenance” treatment, such as continuing with oral chemotherapy at home.

Despite her illness, the youngster still started Swarcliffe Primary School a few weeks ago – and loves it.

“Everyone knew her before she started – she’s like a little mini celebrity,” her dad added.

Support Kendal at www.justgiving.com/kendalmiddletonjessopappeal or visit Kendal’s fight against neuroblastoma’ on Facebook.

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