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Amanda with a backpackAmanda, a 6-year-old girl from Cibolo, is winning her battle against childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

In 2014, Amanda’s mother noticed strange bruises on her then 4-year-old daughter, and within 72 hours, Amanda was admitted to University Hospital and diagnosed with leukemia by UT Health San Antonio oncologists.

Amanda started oral chemotherapy on a daily basis and intravenous chemotherapy multiple times each week. After 30 days, she was placed on a high-risk treatment plan, and then completed six weeklong chemo stays at the hospital.

Since January 2015, little Amanda braved monthly visits for cancer treatment. Her parents are grateful that her treatment ended this May.

Amanda resting after therapyThey are also thankful for UT Health’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic and for Chatchawin Assanasen, M.D., an associate professor of pediatrics and the interim holder of the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Oncology.

“We have been really impressed by the standardized treatment of care – which previous research proved its effectiveness. We were provided a roadmap of treatment; we were told what would happen during the last two years. This allowed us to prepare Amanda, as best we could, for what would happen next,” her father said.

Because researchers in the lab worked with physicians in patient care, cancer treatment and care protocols were ready for Amanda when she needed them.

Please help us find more treatments and methods to cure children’s cancer

 
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Amanda, a 6-year-old girl from Cibolo, is winning her battle against childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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