21-month-old girl beats stage 4 cancer

Credit: Mark Harmel

Credit: Mark Harmel

A 21-month-old girl who has spent more than two-thirds of her life undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma is cancer-free, according to multiple reports.

Molly Hughes was nearly five months old when doctors diagnosed her with stage four neuroblastoma, WBKO reported. In the intervening months, Molly underwent five rounds of chemotherapy to treat the cancer, family members said.

Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that begins in very early forms of nerve cells, according to the American Cancer Society. It most often affects infants and young children.

"With neuroblastoma, it's so aggressive that they have to treat it hard," Molly's mother, Chelsea Hughes, told WBKO. Still, Hughes said that after every treatment, Molly "would just bounce back."

"It would knock her down for a few days, but then she'd be up and playing," Hughes told WBKO.

The news station reported Molly had her last round of chemotherapy in January. Hughes posted to Facebook in late March to share news that doctors had determined Molly is cancer-free.

She told WBKO that she "just kind of fell to the ground" after she go the call from doctors informing her of Molly's health.

“I just hugged her for, like, five minutes,” she told the news station.

Since ending her treatment, Molly has traded in nights at the hospital for days playing like other children her age, Hughes said.

"She loves being outside, from the time she gets up (until) she goes to bed. She's just wild," Hughes told WBKO. "So full of energy and just loves doing what a baby should be doing."

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