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Local family gives update on daughter's cancer fight

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - KSN has followed her fight against cancer for years, and tonight, Bella Bush has news about her brain tumor.

Test results are back from her check-up at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Bella Bush is now eight years old and in the second grade, but already has survived the fight of her life-- from her diagnosis of brain cancer at just 18 months old, through three different chemo regimens, to what's called "proton beam therapy" -- targeted radiation.

Bella said even through all of the appointments, she wasn't scared.

Her bravery paid off! The tumor shrank to the size of a marble. While doctors say it will never completely go away, they run tests to make sure it's stopped growing.

"This is the longest period without an MRI. Normally, we go every three months so waiting six months was kind of nerve-wracking to see the results," said Jennifer Bush.

They found out in January, when Bella and her parents flew back to St. Jude for a checkup.

"We did get the final MRI report, and everything is stable," said Josh Bush, Bella's father. "There is no growth so we're very excited."

Bella will keep going back to St. Jude for checkups every six months, and that's fine with her.

"There are therapy dogs we get to see, and when you're waiting for the doctors to come get you, you get to play games and have some fun," explained Bella.

Even years from now, when Bella is an adult, St. Jude will keep tabs on her health. Their motto-- once a patient, always a patient.


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