Parents’ anguish as Leeds tot’s cancer returns

Kendal Jessop
Kendal Jessop
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A Leeds tot battling an aggressive form of cancer has relapsed.

Kendal Middleton Jessop has neuroblastoma, which carries a 40 per cent chance of survival.

She underwent treatment at Leeds General Infirmary but yesterday her parents Laine and Stuart were told the cancer had returned.

Now they are awaiting further tests and news about treatment options – which may include travelling abroad.

A major fundraising campaign has already raised £200,000 in case the youngster needed care which could not be provided in the UK.

Stuart, from Swarcliffe, Leeds, said: “I didn’t think we were going to get to this point

“We’d seen how well she had done at each stage of her treatment. I never thought this would happen.”

Kendal, who turns four in March, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2012.

Doctors found a massive tumour in her stomach and that the illness had spread throughout her body.

She immediately started chemotherapy then had an operation to remove the tumour.

Then she underwent high dose chemotherapy in preparation for a stem cell transplant where her own previously removed stem cells were transplanted back into her.

Her months of treatment have also included radiotherapy.

Yesterday her parents were told a new tumour had been found on Kendal’s leg – leaving her mum and dad devastated.

Stuart said an MRI scan next week would provide more information, and that there may be some treatments in this country, but they were already considering having to go abroad.

Donate at or visit ‘Kendal’s fight against neuroblastoma’ on Facebook.

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