AN EIGHT-year-old girl has got the all clear after her battle against cancer.

After having 833 days of chemotherapy treatment, Lily May Filmer has been told that she has beaten cancer, after fighting off the disease since her diagnosis at the age of five.

Mum, Kayleigh Chapman said: “I have a mixture of emotions really in every way possible. We are happy that Lily is in remission and off treatment. We are starting to see her go back to her usual self.

“I keep looking at my clock thinking Lily needs her tablets, but she doesn’t. We are enjoying the fact we don’t need to give her medication but at the same time hoping her body can do everything it should.

“We have had to cancel holidays because Lily was not well enough, but we’ve realised that we still need to spend time together as a family to get back to normality.”

Lily has been undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia since May 2017.


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She will be closely monitored until she’s 16, and then moved onto the adults’ long-term plan.

Mrs Chapman, from Drakes Broughton, added: “It’s not the end of our journey. We have to keep an eye on the long-term side effects of her chemotherapy, such as relapse, secondary cancers, infertility, neuropathy and cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks or strokes. She isn’t classed as cured until she reaches five years post end of treatment without a relapse.”

Dawn Forbes, oncology nurse specialist for children and young people, said: “Throughout her treatment Lily has remained strong, brave, resilient and cheerful. She is an inspiration to us all, and it has been an absolute pleasure to take care of her, and to be part of her journey over the last two years and three months.”

Lily received most of her treatment at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and partly at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Mrs Chapman added: “I want to thank the whole team of paediatric oncology nurses, community nurses and doctors for helping our family through this horrendous journey. The team have cared for both parents and children with such kindness and empathy.”

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