Rare Form of Ovarian Cancer Detected in Eight-year-old

by Rajashri on  May 22, 2009 at 8:55 PM Cancer News   - G J E 4
 Rare Form of Ovarian Cancer Detected in Eight-year-old
Eight-year-old Sophie Fry from the UK is battling a rare germ cell cancer of the ovaries.

The girl from Driffield, East Yorkshire has had surgery to remove one of her ovaries and is expected to recover fully, according to doctors at St James' Hospital, Leeds. The tumor was initially diagnosed earlier this year when Sophie started suffering from severe abdominal pain and vomiting.

"Sophie has responded very well to chemotherapy. She's been through some tough times and was very ill when she first came to hospital," Dr Bob Phillips told the BBC. He added that her remaining ovary would allow Sophie to have normal periods and also conceive normally in her adulthood.

"Germ cell tumours in children are thankfully rare and treatment is usually effective, with more than four out of five children who develop the disease surviving," said Professor Hani Gabra, director of the Ovarian Cancer Action Research Centre.

Sophie also happens to be the youngest girl in the UK to have been diagnosed with this cancer.

Source: Medindia

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