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Hornchurch family devastated after three-year-old daughter’s cancer relapse

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:20 16 February 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

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Isla Caton, was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in March last year, and after a years worth of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, her parents were hoping to get the all clear last week.

Isla Caton and Mark Noble at Upton Park where Isla was a mascot in a bid to raise money to send her to America for cancer treatmentIsla Caton and Mark Noble at Upton Park where Isla was a mascot in a bid to raise money to send her to America for cancer treatment

The family of a three-year-old girl from Hornchurch fighting cancer are heartbroken after getting the news that their daughter has suffered a relapse.

Isla Caton was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in March last year, and after a year’s worth of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, her parents were hoping to get the all-clear last week.

But her dad, Michael Hook, 48, got a phone call telling him the devastating news that scans had shown a spot of the aggressive cancer was still on Isla’s skull.

Michael, and Isla’s mum, Nikki Caton, have been trying to raise £192,000 to pay for their little girl to travel to America to receive the Bivalent vaccine, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Isla Caton and Mark Noble at Upton Park. Picture: WHUFCIsla Caton and Mark Noble at Upton Park. Picture: WHUFC

However it may now be another two years before they can go to the US, because Isla will have to go through another bout of chemotherapy and radiotherapy before having the injection.

Michael told the Recorder that Isla’s oncologist said his daughter’s chances of survival have now gone from 65per cent, to 20-25pc.

The oncologist explained to him that most children who suffer a relapse of the cancer have a 5pc chance of survival, but he was hopeful because the spot was so small that Isla’s chances were higher than most.

Michael said: “We’re totally heartbroken, and we’re still in shock now.

“Unfortunately we don’t get a choice in it, we’ve just got to be strong and carry on fighting for her.

“The support we’ve received is unbelievable and it makes such a difference.”

The campaign to raise funds has received support from celebrities, including James Corden, Danny Dyer, and fellow EastEnders actors Jamie Borthwick and Dean Gaffney.

Isla was also mascot for the West Ham v Bournemouth in January, and today, Friday, February 16 there will be a dinner ball to raise funds for her treatment.

The ball will take place at Orsett Hall hotel in Essex with tickets costing £50.

To donate to Isla’s campaign visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/IslaCaton or for tickets email michaelhook37@googlemail.com


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