‘There is still hope’ after brave three-year-old from Hornchurch suffers cancer relapse for second time

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 July 2018

Michael Hook and Nicola Caton with their daughter, two-year-old Isla Caton who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer

Michael Hook and Nicola Caton with their daughter, two-year-old Isla Caton who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer


The mum of a three-year-old from Hornchurch has said there is still hope for her daughter after doctors found spots of cancer on her for the third time.

Isla Caton, was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in March last year, and after nearly 18 months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, her parents were hoping to get the all clear so she could go to America for a cancer curing vaccine in a few weeks.

But following scans and tests doctors found between seven to 10 spots of the cancer on her bones.

Her mum, Nicola, and dad Michael, had already booked flights and accommodation in America so Isla could receive the Bivalent vaccine, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

However this has now had to be cancelled.

Friends and family have been fund raising for Isla’s treatments for nearly two years and have raised more than £350,000 - but they now need to raise more.

The only option now is to try an innovative combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy - which is only available abroad - and her mum said it could cost up to £750,000.

Isla’s doctor has said that if she doesn’t have the treatment she could have three to six months to live.

Her mum, Nicola, said: “There is still hope.

“We were all absolutely devastated when we got the news.

“But all Isla knows is how to fight. She doesn’t know how amazing a little girl she is.

“And we will all be fighting with her.

“When we first found out she had cancer 98 per cent of her bones were covered, and she has fought and now it is much less.
“We have had amazing support so far, and I know it will only continue.

“We are away at the moment making memories before we have to go home and face the reality of what is happening.

“But the most important thing is that the doctor has said that if she gets the treatment then there is hope, and that is what we are clinging onto.

“Let’s hope it is third time lucky.”


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