A four-year-old mother who thought her son's watery eye was either a cold or a case of conjunctivitis after the boy's symptoms were actually signs of a rare cancer. 1
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When the face of the boy from Gloucestershire swelled, his mother took him to further tests. In January, he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare type of bone or soft tissue cancer that can be found in the bones of the legs, arms, feet, hands, chest, pelvis, spine, skull, or other parts of the body. According to the National Cancer Institute, it is most common in adolescents and young adults and can cause pain or swelling, lumps, fever or broken bones.
"It did not seem to bother him, he was so happy all the time Said the mother Caters. "But when his face swelled, we were referred by our family doctor (general practitioner) to an ophthalmologist. When we arrived, six doctors appeared and everyone seemed really worried.
Cooke said the cancer had changed the bone structure around her son's eye, and six days after his diagnosis, he began a treatment that included travel to The US family and his friends helped fund the blood transfusion fundraiser , Chemotherapy and proton beam treatment.
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The boy's cancer is now in remission, but Cooke and her husband James are worried about the potential future harm the treatment may have caused.
"The drugs are so much rougher for kids," she told Caters. "Harris's treatment means he may have growth problems and dental problems and is likely to have cancer later in life."