Lucy Wright was 8 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that usually forms in certain types of nerve tissue. Lucy was diagnosed after being referred to hospital following several weeks of complaining of pain and losing weight. The diagnosis was devastating for the family.
The tumour is housed in her rib cage and the cancer has spread to her pelvis, shoulders and the base of her skull. Lucy is currently undergoing chemotherapy supported by the fantastic team at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The treatment plan is gruelling and will take 12 months for Lucy to hopefully achieve remission.
Neuroblastoma is an aggressive form of cancer and has the second highest mortality rate in children second only to leukaemia. Despite the gruelling treatment regime, the statistics show that 50% / 60% of neuroblastoma children risk relapsing within 2 years of achieving remission. Sadly, there is currently no cure for relapse neuroblastoma and the survival rate for relapsed patients is as low as 1 in 10 children.