Sep 19 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
MILLIE Heaton is undergoing surgery to remove the large cancerous tumour in her stomach today.
Last week doctors thought Millie’s bone marrow was clear but sadly they were wrong and there is still some cancer remaining in her pelvis.
Millie, 2, is suffering from stage four neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer which began as a tumour in her stomach and then spread to her bone marrow.
Last week’s CT scan showed that the tumour in her stomach had shrunk significantly but the operation to remove it still needs to go ahead.
While this is good news for Millie, the surgery will still be tricky as doctors have to navigate around major organs to get to the tumour.
Lyndsay Heaton, Millie’s mum, said: “I’m heartbroken that Millie’s bone marrow is not clear and that there is still some left in her pelvis.
“However the levels of cancer left in her system are the lowest they’ve ever been and she’s showing a lot of progress.
“It’s really good that the operation can go ahead, we just hope this is the beginning of the end of the nightmare we’ve been living through.”
After the operation Millie will have another course of intensive TVD chemotherapy to try and eliminate the last of the cancer from her bone marrow.
TVD, also known as topotecan, vincristine and doxorubicin, is used with the aim of shrinking the size of the tumour and stopping the cells dividing.
Once her bone marrow is clear Millie will be able to have a stem cell transplant which will restore her bone marrow.
Lyndsay said: “The operation is a step in the right direction but it’s not the best news we could have hoped for. I can’t wait for the day we get the good news that Millie has beaten this cancer once and for all.
“Millie is really good at the moment, she hasn’t had chemotherapy since August so she’s been able to do things like a normal toddler.
“She will get worse though with the next round of chemotherapy.
“But she needs to get worse before she can get better.
“For now it’s back to wishing for the best and being strong for our three children.”